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Thursday, May 02, 2019

MLB attendance is down again, and rebuilding teams are getting hit hard

If two rebuilding teams play a baseball game and no one was there to watch, did the game actually happen?

The Chicago White Sox and Baltimore Orioles put that to the test with a doubleheader Wednesday. If Game 1 was any indication, fans didn’t seem interested to watch two noncompetitive clubs go at it.

A similar thing could be said about the Kansas City Royals and Tampa Bay Rays. While the Rays actually have the best record in the American League, they typically don’t draw large crowds. Put them on the road against a struggling Royals roster, and you get a lot of empty seats.

Attendance has been an issue for Major League Baseball once again in 2019. After watching attendance drop by four percent in 2018, the early returns don’t look promising.

Turns out there really are dire consequences when revenue and performance are so disconnected.

 

QLE Posted: May 02, 2019 at 06:07 AM | 34 comment(s)
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Good seats available: MLB’s early-season attendance issue continues

MLB’s overall attendance numbers are slightly down from last April, when they dropped precipitously, a dip the league attributed to poor weather. By the end of the season, league-wide attendance was down more than 3 million, dropping to 69,671,272, the lowest figure since 2003 and down nearly 10 million from its 2007 peak. Regional sports network ratings and digital streaming numbers are up year-over-year, according to a source familiar with the numbers.

April 2019 attendance was salvaged by the Philadelphia Phillies, whose year-over-year attendance gain of 11,660 fans per game nearly matches the combined jump of the 12 other teams posting better attendance in 2019.

Coming into Wednesday, MLB was averaging 193 fewer fans per game through 437 games than in 2018, according to Baseball-Reference.com

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 02, 2019 at 06:07 AM | 0 comment(s)
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