# Optimization question - Minimum price increase required

#### Sam2002

##### New Member
I need a formula to an optimization question on what is the required minimum price to cover costs.

Question
A baseball team is interested in hiring a new pitcher. Using the information given below, solve for the minimum increase in average ticket price required to cover the cost of the pitcher over six years (within \$0.01). For simplicity, assume all ticket sales are received and all salaries are paid at the end of each year and that the team is not concerned with maximizing profits. The demand elasticity given represents elasticity after the pitcher is hired. (Assume there is no other impact on demand from the new pitcher's presence.)

Current Ticket Price 40.00

Current Attendance 25,000

Capacity Utilization 0.8

Home Games/Year 120

Demand elasticity -30%

Annual Interest Rate 10%

Year Salary (Millions)

1 21.0

2 10.0

3 20.0

4 40.0

5 45.0

6 150.0

Regards

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#### Witty_Nick

##### New Member
Hello.
You got a solution to this?

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