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Now that it’s been established that the Red Sox can’t make a penny off of their new Japanese import, we have a clever suggestion for the team: an alteration to the recipe for Fenway Franks and a new brand name.  Sox fans need the quality beef.  It’s time for a "Dice Dog".

I did the math.  Let’s speculate that he Sox sell somewhere around 300K hot dogs every year at Fenway.  Those hot dogs cost $5.00.  If they add a small amount of beer-fed Japanese cattle (say, one ounce) in each dirty water dog, they could then set a sell price of somewhere around $23 (the beef sells for $300/lb retail).  Assuming a profit margin of somewhere in the 40-50% range on food concession items, that would siphon an additional $10 in profit per dog.  So:

  • 300,000 x $10 = $3,000,000
  • $3,000,000 x 6 (duration of current Dice-K contract) = $18,000,000

If maniacal Sox fans would be willing to part with $20+ for a Matsuzaka beef hot dog (hey, the team is throwing money around like it’s confetti, why shouldn’t the fans take their lead?), that’s a nice dent in the posting fee, right? 

(And we haven’t even started in on the value of a specially branded Japanese peanut and popcorn mix, either!)

7 comments… add one
  • …i think you’re on to something buddy…”wash it down with [a $15] sapporo!”, and you got a double dip…

    dc January 18, 2007, 9:41 am
  • George Steinbrenner is stealing your patent as we speak SF.

    walein January 18, 2007, 11:28 am
  • Heres an idea to help the Sox recoup the posting fee.
    Every Sox fan in New England go buy a nice new shiny Sox jersey (doesnt have to be a Matsuzaka #18).
    If you dont live in New England, take a vacation there this summer and buy one while your there (Any jersey sales outside of New England are subject to profit sharing with the other29 MLB teams, to me thats just STUPID)
    That should help recoup the fee very quickly and then they will have the $ to sign Clemens in early June.

    TJ Sox Fan January 18, 2007, 12:06 pm
  • You guys made Deadspin with this thread.

    Triskaidekaphobia January 18, 2007, 3:00 pm
  • “Any jersey sales outside of New England are subject to profit sharing with the other29 MLB teams, to me thats just STUPID”
    Not a fan of the quest for financial parity eh?

    Rob (Middletown, CT) January 18, 2007, 4:51 pm
  • “Not a fan of the quest for financial parity eh?”
    im all for revenue sharing, and luxury taxes, but teams should receive a larger amount of profits off there own product not the same as the other 29 teams.
    Why should Tampa Bay get 3.33% of Red Sox merchandise sales outside of New England while Boston only gets 3.33% of it.
    A team should get like half the profits from there own merchandise and then have the other half split between the other 29 teams.

    TJ Sox Fan January 18, 2007, 9:08 pm
  • I bet those hot Boston babes will be swallowing Dice Dogs all this summer.

    Bronxyf January 19, 2007, 1:10 am

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