He New York Yankees they have the second-highest payroll in MLB heading into the 2023 season and perhaps that’s why players surprisingly have to pay for their own in-flight Wi-Fi.
The Yankees are the fourth most valuable sports franchise in the world, worth $6 billion according to Forbes, but a report on Wednesday revealed that the Bronx Bombers put players to pay for their own in-flight internet.
Speaking with several players on the team and others throughout the league, Sports Illustrated reports that the Yankees are just one of two teams in the MLB They don’t pay the $9 bill on Delta flights.
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The other team is cincinnati Reds, who rank 26th on the payroll with $70.6 million compared to the Yankees’ $267.9 million, according to Spotrac.
«It’s your fault,» center fielder Brett Gardner told Gerrit Cole when speaking to the outlet. «Their contract is too big, so they can’t pay for Wi-Fi.»
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Cole, who signed a nine-year, $324 million contract in 2019, makes up 13.4% of the total payroll.
According to the report, an in-flight Wi-Fi plan for a team costs around $40,000 annually and costs individual gamers around $350.
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«I think most of our players can afford it,» general manager Brian Cashman told Sports Illustrated.
He is not wrong.
The smallest annual salary on the Yankees’ payroll is still $1.3 million with aaron judge rising to the top, accounting for nearly 15% of the total payroll with his new $360 million, nine-year contract.