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December 2009

Staying Ahead in the Count

An Interview with Jonathan Mariner, CFO of Major League Baseball

After a recent speech to students at York College of the City University of New York (CUNY), Jonathan Mariner sat down with CPA Journal Editor-in-Chief Mary-Jo Kranacher for an exclusive interview. As executive vice president and chief financial officer for Major league Baseball (MLB), Mariner provided insight into a wide range of topics, including the so-called luxury tax on team payrolls, the steroid scandal, and the financial state of baseball in the current economic climate. At a time when many fans are struggling with their own finances, Mariner believes that America's favorite pastime can offer a family an evening of affordable entertainment. Mariner also discussed the unique challenges that face accountants working in a specialized, high-profile industry. Following is an edited transcript of the conversation.

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