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Forbes: $99 million profit for Astros

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Forbes Magazine projects this year's Houston Astros to be the most profitable major league team ever.

The Astros, on pace to lose 108 games and have the lowest payroll in the majors, are projected to make $99 million in operating income. That figure takes into account total revenues minus operating expenses.

ESPN lists the Astros payroll at just over $21 million.

The club's profit is almost as much as the six previous World Series championship teams combined.

Forbes attributed the Astros' monetary success to their low payroll and healthy cable television revenues. The magazine noted that a large portion of the profits will be directed toward owner Jim Crane's debt accrued when he bought the team. Crane paid $680 million for the club in 2011, according to MLB.com.
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