Of course Apple is more profitable than MLB, but it's also managing to get more money out of every visitor that walks in the door
Of course Apple is more profitable than Major League Baseball (MLB). With millions of iPads sold and millions of iPhones sold and millions of laptops and desktops sold -- and, yes, even millions of iPods are still sold -- Apple is moving its products faster than its factories in China can even produce them. Certainly all of these gadgets bring in more money than peanuts -- literally. Apple stores alone are more profitable than America's favorite pastime, accounting for $9.8 billion of Apple's reported $65.2 billion revenue in fiscal year 2010. For comparison, MLB reported $7 billion in revenue.
But comparing sales is only one way to pit the two beasts -- Apple and Major League Baseball -- against one another. There are a dozen ways to measure popularity and the debate the headline of this post dares to start could rage on forever. Until I'm convinced otherwise, I'm awarding the trophy to Steve Jobs and his army of engineers.
A throwaway statistic used in a Business Insider slideshow about mind-blowing Apple facts last month highlights just how popular Apple has become. "71 million people visited Apple's retail stores during the March quarter, which is about same amount of people that paid to attend a Major League Baseball game last season (73 million)," BI's Jay Yarow and Dan Frommer discovered while digging deep into the company's latest earnings report.