Case | HBS Case Collection | March 1987 (Revised July 1996)

Kansas City Zephyrs Baseball Club, Inc.

by Kenneth A. Merchant, Krishna G. Palepu and Joseph P. Mulloy


Describes a dispute between the owners of the major league baseball teams and the players' union about the profitability of the baseball teams. The issue is important because of the ongoing collective bargaining negotiations. A consultant is brought in to decide whether a representative team, the Kansas City Zephyrs, is making or losing money. He has to settle a number of accounting disputes about roster depreciation, signing bonuses, deferred compensation, and stadium costs.

Keywords: State Ownership; Compensation and Benefits; Entrepreneurship; For-Profit Firms; Accounting; Activity Based Costing and Management; Resource Allocation; Cost Accounting; Cost Management; Labor and Management Relations; Financial Management; Sports; Sports Industry; Kansas;


Merchant, Kenneth A., Krishna G. Palepu, and Joseph P. Mulloy. "Kansas City Zephyrs Baseball Club, Inc." Harvard Business School Case 187-088, March 1987. (Revised July 1996.)