Maybe they can afford to pay A-Rod after all. Major League Baseball’s sales will surpass $6 billion for the first time this year, double the amount from 2000, and putting the sport closer to passing the NFL, according to CNN Money.

When it comes to sales, the National Football League used to dwarf Major League Baseball the way a defensive lineman towers over a batboy.

Not any longer. Baseball will finish this year with just over $6 billion in revenue, according to Bob DuPuy, Major League Baseball’s president and chief operating officer.

To put that into context, that puts baseball right on the heels of the more than $6 billion in revenue reported by the National Football League in 2006.

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