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Friday, September 06, 2019

Tanking teams are killing attendance

Attendance is down again this year and has steadily declined for the past five years. There are several reasons for that, but Arthur’s analysis of attendance against the backdrop of a given team’s probability of making the playoffs — while controlling for weather — shows that 35% of the attendance drop is attributable to a much greater percentage of games involving teams with no playoff shot whatsoever.

And there are way more of those teams: according to Arthur, the fraction of teams out of contention — which he defines as having a less than 5% chance of making the playoffs at the time of a given game — has increased by almost 40% from 2014 to 2018.

And it’s getting worse in 2019. As I mentioned this morning there are at least three and very possibly four teams in the AL that are going to lose 100 games or more and one team in the NL, the Marlins, that will do the same. On a given night, if those teams aren’t playing one another, a full third of the games feature a team making no effort to try to compete over the course of the year. Do you really wanna pay money to go see that?

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 06, 2019 at 12:52 PM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: tanking

Thursday, August 15, 2019

MLB Should Threaten Tanking Teams With Relegation

Jumping ahead to the key part of the argument:

How do you fix that, though? Simple: You make losing as painful as possible, and in that vein, there’s no better way to stop tanking in baseball than to borrow a page from the Premier League’s book and institute relegation. At the end of the season, the six worst teams in the majors—three from each league—are sent down to Triple A. If the Orioles aren’t capable of contending at the major league level, then they shouldn’t be here. Nor should the Tigers or the Marlins or the half-dozen other teams seemingly content to waste everyone’s time.

I think this would be entertaining- but, then again, my hometown probably would end up with an MLB team if this rule were applied this season, and we aren’t likely to ever get one any other way.

 

QLE Posted: August 15, 2019 at 05:04 AM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, relegation, tanking

Friday, July 26, 2019

Boz: Tanking By MLB Teams Isn’t A Strategy, It’s Fan Abuse

Snap out of it. Don’t listen. It’s dumb enough to tear down a roster that is already rotten or old or both. But it’s idiotic to rip up a team that has a chance to make the playoffs, even as a wild card, especially in the first era in MLB history when six teams already are trying to race to the bottom. With more to come? What is this, the shameless NBA where tanking’s been the dirty big lie for years?

Bote Man sez Deivi is MoY Posted: July 26, 2019 at 12:24 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: business, tanking, team building

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Wild-Card Contenders Are Content to Be Sellers, and That’s a Problem

A consideration of one of the most unfortunate developments in baseball over the last decade, in its less-dramatic form.

QLE Posted: July 24, 2019 at 04:53 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, tanking, wild card hunt

 

 

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