The Major League Baseball (MLB) organization operates their broadcasting system predominantly at the local level. This study examines the factors that determine television revenue and poses the question for MLB teams to move towards a privatized broadcasting network. This analysis uses panel data for two time periods, one time period from 1980-1985 and another time period using the years 2013 and 2016. I begin my theory chapter with how fans preferences and budget allocation can affect their willingness to watch professional baseball games. I model this by reviewing empirical articles that examine viewing preferences involving fans and models that show how the viewing audience can be effects by external factors. Lastly, I used a fixed effects model and a pooled OLS regression to estimate which proxy variables have the most effect on television revenue in the respected time periods and provide evidence for professional baseball teams to move towards creating their own network.


Burnell, Jim

Second Advisor

Tiang, Huiting


Business Economics



Publication Date


Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

Document Type

Senior Independent Study Thesis



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