More than two decades ago, former NL MVP Keith Hernandez made a couple of appearances on Seinfeld as Elaine's boyfriend (also later appearing in the show's series finale). Fast forward to the present day and he's still making dollars off the royalties. When pressed on how frequently he gets paid for his three appearances (again from yester-century) Hernandez told NJ.com:
"Every time they show it. I get around -- I'm going to say they show my episode a lot. So I'm going to say I get a check every month. Nothing less than six weeks. They show it all the time. It's international and everything."
Pressed on just how much those checks were for, the current Mets broadcaster said:
"It used to be almost $1,000 [every time one of his episodes aired]. It diminishes as the years go by. So it gives me around $3,000 per year. I'll take it. For doing nothing. So you can imagine what Jerry gets. The principal actors, what they get."
Long after his scenes are sucked into the bottomless pit of TV reruns, Keith is still making
great good decent dough. That's how royalties work. In case you've forgotten (or just never saw it at all), check out one of the scenes that's allowed the All-Star to generate revenue 23 years after the fact:
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