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Thursday, October 25, 2018

College students line up for a shot at $9 World Series tickets

The cold and rain never bothered college students anyways — especially if there’s a World Series ticket in it for them.

Major League Baseball and the Boston Red Sox partnered this postseason, offering 100 student tickets for every postseason game for a measly $9.

The catch?

Why were my students never this ambitious?

QLE Posted: October 25, 2018 at 08:19 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: college students, fans, the things we do for tickets, tickets

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Decline in single-game ticket sales has cost the Rangers an estimated $54 million in revenue since 2012

In May, when fan interest had gone into a nosedive, the Rangers issued a statement to The Dallas Morning News in which the club said another decline in attendance would not impact the long-term payroll and baseball-operations budget.

That resolve is about to be tested.

The final numbers have been posted. For the Rangers, it was a bloodbath that will put a strain on finances and raise a question as to whether a disenchanted segment of the fan base can be retrieved.

Some interesting information, for those curious about the financial aspects of the game.

QLE Posted: October 10, 2018 at 11:59 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers, revenues, tickets

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Twins playing out season’s last days with uncaptivating lineup, no eye toward future

The Twins have done such a fine job of padding crowd numbers in this final week of the 2018 season that the official total will surpass 1.9 million and they won’t have to admit to the lowest attendance since 2001 in the Metrodome.

No matter.

The Twins are in the poorest shape with Minnesota’s sporting public entering this winter of gloom than at any time since 2000, the last of eight consecutive losing seasons.

Question for anyone here who follows the Twins: is this author being excessively bitter, or is the team in that bad a shape?

QLE Posted: September 29, 2018 at 04:52 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: tickets, twins

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Marlins Finish With Lowest Home Draw Since 2004 Expos

Glenn Geffner @GlennGeffner

A little unfair that this is a narrative. Buried in story then essentially overlooked, Jeter said in Spring team would announce lower tix sold number. Had club used tix distributed as in past & like many clubs, total would have been much higher. Apples and Oranges. No doubt attendance is an issue and needs to get better. But with the enhancements this front office is making to the ballpark and to the fan experience, and as the team improves in the years ahead, it will get better.

Glenn Geffner is a radio play-by-play voice of the Marlins. I guess he should be glad they don’t report the turnstile counts, huh?

Bote Man Posted: September 25, 2018 at 09:12 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: attendance, marlins, tickets

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Tickets available as Marlins host Reds

MIAMI—The Miami Marlins, dead last in the major leagues in attendance, conclude their 2018 home schedule Sunday against the Cincinnati Reds.

The Marlins, who are averaging just over 9,000 fans per game, trail the next-worst team, the Tampa Bay Rays, by more than 200,000 in total attendance.

Miami’s 2018 attendance is the worst by a major league team since the Expos’ final season in Montreal in 2004.

Mind you, I would be far more shocked if this game was a sell-out….

QLE Posted: September 23, 2018 at 12:01 PM | 98 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins, nobody shows up, reds, tickets

Monday, July 30, 2018

As Companies Lose Tax Deduction for Tickets, Baseball May Pay the Price

One point not mentioned in the article: Much involving the rush for new facilities (in baseball and other sports) in the last few decades has involved trying to increase luxury boxes, and to otherwise appeal to this corporate audience. If they stop buying tickets, does the demand for new facilities decline?

Also as a side-note: I’ve used the print version of the headline rather than the online one- felt it was a lot clearer, and it didn’t violate Betteridge’s Law.

Tyler Graffeo, the president of Interstate Truck Center, generated a lot of business while entertaining clients in luxury suites at Royals baseball and Chiefs football games in Kansas City, Mo., the past three years.

But on Jan. 1, something changed that helped push Graffeo to give up at least one of those suites. Built into the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which went into effect this year, was a provision stripping out the 50 percent deduction for business entertainment expenses from the tax code.

Until this year, the $200,000 spent on the seats in a suite at the Royals’ Kauffman Stadium effectively cost the business $100,000, and a concern like Interstate Truck Center saw the expense as an investment in happy clients. The team, of course, funneled that money toward its profit margin, general expenses and player payroll.

 

QLE Posted: July 30, 2018 at 08:22 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: revenues, stadium issues, taxes, tickets

 

 

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