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Despite the Twins’ poor 44-60 record, they will draw at least 2.7 million to Target Field, and maybe 100,000 more than that. Overall, Major League Baseball went over 48 million in paid attendance this week. According to Selig, that’s the earliest MLB has exceeded the 48 million mark.
“The last eight years have been the eight greatest years in baseball attendance, the last five years have been remarkable and we’re going to show an increase this year,” Selig said. “I mean an absolutely enormous year in terms of attendance and revenue, and we have great races going.”
Selig was asked if he ever considers how he’ll be viewed historically as commissioner in light of all the recent positive news about the game.
“I’m a history buff,” he said. “I’m a kid who wanted to be a history professor, so I’m going to let historians go through and do all that. But [I would not have believed it] if somebody would have told me back in 1992 that this sport’s gross revenues would have grown from $1 [billion], $2 [billion] to this year $7.8 billion, and attendance would be where the average team is going to draw 2.5-2.8 [million]—think about that, the average team.”
As a baseball fan, I would like to see a return to the balanced schedule, in which the Yankees, Red Sox and the other AL East teams played more than one series at Target Field each season, but Selig said there isn’t any hope of that happening. He believes the present system, in which teams play more games in their own division, is the way to go.
“You have to win your division,” he said. “The Minnesota Twins have got to play the White Sox and the Tigers and Cleveland and Kansas City more often. That’s what has produced the record attendance. In September, for instance, when all the teams are battling, they’ll be playing teams in their own division. So the answer is, ‘Not as long as I’m commissioner.’”
Posted: August 01, 2012 at 10:58 PM | 66 comment(s)
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