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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

How Popular Is Baseball, Really?

Major League Baseball and its fans have raised alarms in recent years over a perceived decline in the popularity of baseball in the United States. Falling attendance, poor World Series ratings and a lack of nationally recognized stars are often cited as evidence of the sport’s impending collapse.

However, if viewed through the lens of total tickets sold and local television ratings, a somewhat more optimistic picture emerges: one of strong, local fan bases — and a national following that could have a lot more room to grow.

Much more to read, very good article.

ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: October 23, 2019 at 06:48 AM | 5 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Fernigal McGunnigle Posted: October 23, 2019 at 08:21 AM (#5893272)
It's funny that Miami-Dade County is the one county visible on the map that doesn't show a quarter of LeBron's games.

In the "Baseball Is Local" section, the scale of Google search popularity doesn't mean exactly what the researchers think it does. Google Trends searches for Elon College football and Haw River Farmhouse Ales get a 100 score for North Carolina, but you wouldn't call either one "popular" in the sense that MLB hopes to be. A search for the extinct-in-the-wild tree Franklinia gets quasi-regional results with a 100 in Pennsylvania, but one hopes that the Pirates are more popular than Bartram's Franklinia alatamaha.

The concentrated results for MLB team searches do indicate that most of the interest for most teams is localized to a handful of states. But they don't mean that the team is popular in those states. Only that they have passed a minimum threshold of popularity (that of Elon College football or a decent rural brewery with local distribution or a minor garden tree that is somewhat well known among historians of science), and are unpopular elsewhere.
   2. PreservedFish Posted: October 23, 2019 at 08:24 AM (#5893274)
one hopes that the Pirates are more popular than Bartram's Franklinia alatamaha

Speak for yourself, McGunnigle, but even as a baseball fan I happen to think that the world is better served by rare tree fancying than by baseball.
   3. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: October 23, 2019 at 02:53 PM (#5893513)
This could have been a better article. The google trends section is particularly poorly done.
   4. Bourbon Samurai stays in the fight Posted: October 23, 2019 at 11:16 PM (#5893782)
Personally, I am a big fan of baseball
   5. stevegamer Posted: October 23, 2019 at 11:42 PM (#5893810)
I can say that I saw Bartram's Franklinia alatamaha before I saw a professional baseball game.

Of course growing up essentially next door to Bartram's Garden will do that sort of thing.

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