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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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