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Has Baseball Lost It's Buzz?

Has Baseball Lost It's Buzz?

Has Baseball Lost It's Buzz?

What gives? Recently USA Today reported that six MLB teams had the worst single-game attendance in their stadiums history. 13,000 in Atlanta - 12,000 in Seattle, fewer than 9,000 in Pittsburgh. The Yankees and Cubs have had uncharacteristically huge expanse of empty seats. Take a close look at this photo showing empty seats at a recent Washington National game. In Cleveland where the teams been hot, winning, - six games have already drawn fewer than 10,000 fans. So, "WHAT GIVES?"

Is the baseball season too long?

Does MLB play too many games?

How much "fun" or "interest" is it for baseball fans to watch a "marathon" that starts in March and now ends in November?

We are a society with an ever-shortening attention span - has our "fast-food" mentality caused a disconnect between fans and players because of the expanded season of play?

We call baseball, "AMERICA'S PASTIME" - but is it? It's held that title since the Civil War. Many say it's not anymore, "cultures" simply too "splintered" to have any sport make that claim.

We're still left with the question, "why is MLB attendance down this season?" Is it the economy or has baseball lost its "BUZZ?" After four years of record attendance, Major League baseball has had three years of attendance declines. The greatest attendance concerns are in Cleveland and Kansas City, where teams have done well but the cities don't seem to care. Attendance is down in both locations despite winning games, gate receipts are down as much as 17%. What's going on in Chicago? The Cubs, even when losing, drew big crowds into Wrigley. The 16 percent drop through the Chicago Cubs first seven home games has MLB concerned.

The Tampa Bay Rays have been hit the hardest, attendance has dropped 25.6%.

Seattle's dropped 23.1% - Cubs 16% - Milwaukee 12.8 - Astros 11.1%.

The New York Yankees are down 5.9% - with the Boston Red Sox barely holding their own at -.02%.

The "number crunchers" haven't tied down the exact reason, or reasons for baseball's decline. Some blame high ticket prices, the economy, still others blame baseball's "long" season. Each position valid. But, is it simply, "HAS BASEBALL LOST ITS BUZZ?"...........

 

Larry Upton

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