MLB atttendance concerns

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MLB atttendance concerns 

Post#1 » by Mamba Mentality » Thu May 2, 2019 4:57 pm

Attendance has been an issue for Major League Baseball once again in 2019. After watching attendance drop by four percent in 2018, the early returns don’t look promising.

According to USA Today, 12 teams averaged fewer fans in March and April than they did compared to last season. The Toronto Blue Jays lead the way with a staggering 33 percent decrease.

The Blue Jays are far from the only rebuilding team to lose fans. The Miami Marlins, Minnesota Twins, Royals and San Francisco Giants have been the five biggest attendance losers thus far. Of that group, only the Twins went out and made significant additions in the offseason.

The Giants’ failure to draw fans is the most surprising, according to USA Today.

The most startling loss comes in San Francisco. The Giants have been almost perennial contenders and drew at least 3 million fans in 18 of 20 seasons at Oracle (neé Pacific Bell and AT&T) Park. Bound for their third straight losing season and with a concerted rebuilding effort at hand, the Giants are averaging 32,665 fans – down 17% from an average of 39,278 in March-April 2018.


https://www.yahoo.com/sports/mlb-attendance-is-down-again-and-rebuilding-teams-are-getting-hit-hard-014951998.html

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I haven't been to a baseball game in a while, but I hear a lot of complaints regarding ticket and concession prices. Is that really the root problem or is baseball as a sport just down in popularity/doesn't garner enough interest from younger generations?
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Post#2 » by UtahJazzFan88 » Thu May 9, 2019 12:43 pm

I've thought about going to the Dodger game on Friday (10th) and I'm up in the air on going.
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Post#3 » by Dr Positivity » Wed May 15, 2019 4:00 am

There is cracks in the foundation of MLB's popularity. The numbers are still good enough to make people happy now, but if they wait until it becomes obvious something needs to be done it will be too late. In my opinion a sport that is 162 games a year at 3 hours a game is not a model that fits the social media/Netflix era. An 82 game season that runs from mid June until September would be giving up so many gate tickets and ratings but if it makes the sport more exciting and popular the money can work out. The most profitable sport does fine playing only 16. My crazier idea is 162 7 inning games which would surely piss off the purists but turning games from 3 hours to 2 could make the difference for people and it means there's less games going on at once so baseball fans watch more games outside their own leading to players like Mike Trout getting over for them more as stars. The owners can charge the same price for 7 inning games as 9 so their pocket don't get hurt like cutting the season in half
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Post#4 » by isiah_thomas » Sat May 18, 2019 3:25 pm

Some of it has to do with bad weather . people aren't doing to sit down for 3/4 hours in the cold

Bad teams- if a team is awful fans just won't go

Then you have a team like the rays who are good but don't have the fanbase and can't draw fans. They would be better off moving somewhere else
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Post#5 » by isiah_thomas » Sat May 18, 2019 3:33 pm

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Things like this don't help either
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Post#6 » by isiah_thomas » Sat May 18, 2019 3:33 pm

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Things like this don't help either
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Post#7 » by eaglesha » Thu May 23, 2019 7:56 am

I watched it on my FreeAccountsOnline. Awesome
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Post#8 » by Sixerscan » Thu May 23, 2019 11:18 pm

Phillies are on pace to draw 2.9 million a year after drawing 2.1, expect them to crack 3 as the weather gets better and there's hopefully a pennant race.

I don't think there's a lack of interest in baseball games as much as there are so many teams that their fans know just aren't going to be competitive from day 1. People will go watch a good team play a 3.5 hour game, they won't watch a bad team that has no interest in competing. That Royals game is a great example, their World Series year, which was only 4 years ago, they had 2.7 million people come watch them. But now that they're basically punting on the year people don't want to waste their money.

The key is figuring out a way to eliminating this huge caste of teams that just has no interest in being competitive (aka like 2/3s of the AL).

The Rays are a whole different issue, that whole situation is toxic, it either needs to be fixed or the team needs to move.
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Post#9 » by Kingsway_fan » Thu Aug 1, 2019 8:36 pm

Games too long..too many games...

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