Hollywood and Baseball: Together Forever
Cinema and Sluggers Have Always Drawn Interesting ParallelsBy Cam GiangrandeWatching the Academy Awards earlier this month it occurred to me how similar baseball is to the movie industry. Each industry is, at their heart, entertainment. Each industry has extremely talented people who more often than not, are self absorbed and out of touch. And each industry is big business.I wanted to see just how close these two outlets resemble each other, and I was amazed. In 2017, the movie industry produced 726 movies that made it to a big screen. Major League Baseball has 30 teams with 25 players on each of them, which total 750 players.Major League Baseball has multiple minor league affiliates, while the movie industry has more than just full length shows; they also have short subject films and documentaries. At the high school and college level, most schools have both baseball teams and drama departments. And usually, each industry is based purely on meritocracy. If you can’t throw the ball over the plate, you won’t be the next Max Scherzer. If you can’t hit the curve ball with any consistency you won’t have much of a career. If you can’t remember your lines, you won’t be the next Tom Hanks.Last year, MLB topped 10 billion dollars in revenue for the first time. Ticket sales grossed over 11 billion dollars in the movie industry. In 2017, there were 33 movies which topped 100 million dollar mark. Currently, MLB has 36 players who have 100 million dollar-plus contracts. But for these few elites at the top, there are a slew of movies and players who make up the rear, just begging for an audience, or not being sent back down to the Minors.
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