In honor of the Florida Marlins’ home opener at Sun Life Stadium this evening -- tidbits of team business news:
The team has installed a new robotic webcam at the ballpark construction site so you can watch the progress from inside the ballpark. The webcam is mounted on the south roof track so you get panoramic views and images of construction inside the bowl, rather than just from outside the project, which the webcam mounted across Northwest 7th Street at Robert King High Towers affords. Images from both webcams can be found at marlins.com.
The construction appears to be moving along so rapidly that it seems as if the venue could be open as soon as next year. But we’re told it’s the roof construction that takes months and that’s why the team is targeting an April 2012 opening.
The team’s value is certain to rise – along with its revenue streams – when the new ballpark opens. According to Forbes' annual Major League Baseball team valuations, the Marlins are already more valuable than they were a year ago. In fact, Forbes says the value of the Marlins increased more than any other MLB team. The team ranked 27th – up from 30th last year – and saw its value increase 15 percent to $317 million, the magazine says. Marlins President David Samson once again dismissed Forbes' numbers, because he says the magazine doesn’t have access to the team’s books. Read Samson’s comments in my colleague Juan C. Rodriguez’s story here.
Forbes said the New York Yankees were the most valuable team at $1.6 billion, followed by the Boston Red Sox at $870 million and New York Mets at $858 million. Find the complete list at forbes.com/mlb.