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Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Maury Brown: Florida Is A Bandwagon State, And The Worst At Supporting Pro Sports

For a moment, I thought Maury was offering to sell Florida back to the Spanish.

But, for pro sports, well…

Don’t hate me for this, hate the numbers. Consider the following: including partial seasons in the NFL, NHL, and NBA for 2014 and dating back to 2010, for leagues that have 30 teams (NBA, NHL, and MLB) and the NFL (32 teams), the nine professional sports teams in Florida average a ranking against their peers based upon attendance at an abysmal 21st. If not for the Heat (average ranking of #5), that got incredible help due to the signing of LeBron James, it would be worse… far, far worse.

The Tampa Bay Rays and Buccaneers are the biggest losers of losers in terms of attendance rankings. Yes, Rays fans, I know, Tropicana Field is in a bad location and is a poor ballpark experience with a dome, but come on… you were in the World Series in 2008 where you lost to the Phillies and ranked 26 averaging 22,259 or just 52.8 percent of the Trop’s capacity. And, where most all teams that at least make the postseason—let alone the World Series—benefit by increased season ticket sales the following year after a great performance, the best the Rays could muster was 23 out of 30 with an average of 23,147 or 0.1 percent higher than the year prior in terms of filling the venue to capacity (52.9 percent). To make matters worse, you just lost your highly respected general manager (Andrew Friedman to the Dodgers) and dugout manager (Joe Maddon to the Cubs), so if you’re doing that poorly when it was good, how will it be if the Rays become bad (again). It’s no wonder that whispers of the Rays relocating to Montreal have begun to surface.

The Miami Marlins aren’t much better, but here, it’s not so much the fan’s problem as it is with toxic ownership. Jeffrey Loria is nearly universally seen as the worst owner in Major League Baseball. While he’s gotten the team to win a World Series while on his watch, Loria quickly traded off key players and they plummeted in the standings. Even when they leveraged the public for a new ballpark using taxpayer dollars, the Marlins had the dubious distinction of having the worst attendance for a new ballpark in the last 15 years. In the year that they moved to Miami and into a new state of the art ballpark, the best they could muster was ranking 18th out of 30 clubs.

And then there’s the Florida Panthers.

The Panthers set a record for the fewest fans at a game, with an announced attendance of 7,311 against the Ottawa Senators on Columbus Day that actually looked like much less. Attendance has been so bad that, much like the Rays, there has been repeated talk of the club relocating.

ven the Dolphins, who have the longest tenure and a vaunted history in the NFL, has had images and numbers that, well, seem like a fish out of water.

Sunday’s game where they put the beat down on Phillip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers had an announced attendance of 70,222 in Sun Life Stadium’s cavernous venue. But remember, the NFL counts comps, VIPs, media—pretty much any warm body in the facility—against the attendance numbers. Why? Because based upon the NFL’s rules, if a stadium is not sold out 72 hours before a game, it is blacked out on television. Now, there was certainly a lot more in the stands by the time the game played, but this picture taken just 45 minutes before kickoff on Sunday makes one believe that trending toward 70,000+ was going to take some doing.

If there’s a reason to attach to this, maybe it’s oversaturation. Nine teams, while not a record, is a lot for Florida. ...

JE (Jason) Posted: November 05, 2014 at 03:11 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: attendance, expansion, florida, tv ratings

Friday, October 31, 2014

Deadline: World Series Ratings: Game 7 Scores Home Run For Fox

the most watched show on TV this year. Baseball is dead.

By far the best result of this year’s World Series, last night’s game is way, way up a stellar 70% from the 8.9/14 metered market results of Tuesday’s 8 PM – 11:30 PM Game 6. And with what looks to be the network’s best non-NFL rating in more than 3 years, Fox must be pretty happy that the last game of the third World Series win in 5-years by the Giants is steady with the World Series 2014 logoovernight results of the last World Series Game 7 back on October 28, 2011. That fall classic between the victorious St. Louis Cardinals and the Texas Rangers got a 16.2/28 in MM ratings – just a 6% difference with this year in a very different TV landscape. The only other times that the World Series has gone seven games in the 13 years that Fox has exclusively had the diamond battles was in 2001 and 2002. That latter game between the Giants and the winning Anaheim Angels saw a now almost unimaginable 19.8/28 MM rating.

After the lowest rated World Series on record so far, Fox really needed last night’s unexpected Game 7 to turn things around and have America’s pastime grab America’s eyeballs. With smaller market and wild card teams making up the match-up and most of the games’ blowouts, the series and Fox distinctly suffered. Not only was it down from the sturdy numbers of 2013 but this year’s World Series also dipped from the 4-game series of 2012, which had been a record low.

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Game 7 only drew 50% more viewers than the most watched show on TV this year. Baseball is dead.

By far the best result of this year’s World Series, last night’s game is way, way up a stellar 70% from the 8.9/14 metered market results of Tuesday’s 8 PM – 11:30 PM Game 6. And with what looks to be the network’s best non-NFL rating in more than 3 years, Fox must be pretty happy that the last game of the third World Series win in 5-years by the Giants is steady with the World Series 2014 logoovernight results of the last World Series Game 7 back on October 28, 2011. That fall classic between the victorious St. Louis Cardinals and the Texas Rangers got a 16.2/28 in MM ratings – just a 6% difference with this year in a very different TV landscape. The only other times that the World Series has gone seven games in the 13 years that Fox has exclusively had the diamond battles was in 2001 and 2002. That latter game between the Giants and the winning Anaheim Angels saw a now almost unimaginable 19.8/28 MM rating.

After the lowest rated World Series on record so far, Fox really needed last night’s unexpected Game 7 to turn things around and have America’s pastime grab America’s eyeballs. With smaller market and wild card teams making up the match-up and most of the games’ blowouts, the series and Fox distinctly suffered. Not only was it down from the sturdy numbers of 2013 but this year’s World Series also dipped from the 4-game series of 2012, which had been a record low.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 31, 2014 at 09:05 AM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, royals, tv ratings, world seres

Thursday, September 04, 2014

The Simple Technology That Accidentally Ruined Baseball

I thought Barry Bonds ruined baseball?

Rather than deem the cameras a threat to league integrity, baseball embraced them. For years, Major League Baseball had been pressuring umpires to submit to performance standards. With the introduction of Pitch f/x, MLB finally had cameras in every stadium to umpire the umpires. In 2009, the league implemented a policy called Zone Evaluation (ZE), which tracked missed calls after each game and judged umpires by their accuracy. After ZE’s first year, three senior umpires were fired for their mistakes behind the plate. Those with good performance could get promotions and earn up to $400,000….

Since umpires opened up the basement of the strike zone, pitchers haven’t just moved in. They’ve changed their permanent residence, painted the walls, and opened a co-op. The game of baseball has moved considerably closer to the plate in many ways ...

   The share of pitches thrown less than 2.5 feet over the plate (i.e.: a “low” pitch) has grown every year since 2009.
   In 2007, “low” pitches were 17 percent more common than higher pitches. By 2013, they were 43 percent more common.
   The sinker, a fastball pitch that breaks downward, has grown from 35 percent of all pitches in 2007 to 38 percent today.
   Hitters have swung at low pitches at a higher rate every year since 2009.

As the strikes moved down, the strikeouts went up. Swinging strikeouts are up 11 percent since 2008. Called strikeouts (on third strikes without a swing) are up 66 percent. The entire increase in strikeouts is happening on pitches between 18 and 24 inches off the ground.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 04, 2014 at 01:11 PM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: pitch fx, tv ratings, umpiring

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

CNN: Is baseball on its way out?

“No one goes to baseball games anymore, its too crowded there.”

Except it’s untrue. Seventeen of the game’s 30 teams have poorer attendance than a year ago at this time. World Series television ratings get more disappointing year after year. Household-name players—I mean popular and scandal-free ones like Mariano Rivera and Derek Jeter—have come to the ends of their careers, with no clear heir-apparents.

Is there a star player of today you’d go out of your way to see?

“Hey, Felix Hernandez is in town!” “You wanna go to the ballpark tonight and see Adam Wainwright?”

Those are your All-Star starting pitchers. Would you recognize either one if you saw him coming toward you on the street?

Baseball is losing its luster. As ticket prices get higher, interest goes lower. As options on television expand, baseball’s grip on the American public gets ever more slippery.

TV’s audience for Game 1 of the 2004 World Series between the Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals came to approximately 25.4 million viewers. When the same two teams met in the World Series last October, Game 1’s viewership was pegged at around 15 million.

One year earlier a series between the San Francisco Giants and Detroit Tigers attracted the worst TV ratings of any World Series in the past 30 years.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 16, 2014 at 11:55 AM | 82 comment(s)
  Beats: attendance, baseball is dying, cnn, tv ratings

 

 

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