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02-26-2013, 03:12 PM
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Originally Posted by kdb209 View Post
Yup - baseball is much more tribal (like the NHL).

The numbers are a bit dated now ('09-'10) - but these are the last comprehensive MLB/NBA/NHL RSN numbers we've seen:

MLB was ahead of the NBA in every shared market except LA (Lakers), Cleveland (LeBron), and DC(*) (well, the Nats just basically sucked) - in most markets significantly ahead.

(*) If you include the Orioles broadcast on the same RSN, they blow away the NBA.
MLB is more of a regional sport (like hockey) compared to NBA or NFL which is more national, but those regions that baseball is popular in makes huge money and numbers.

I would say MLB and NBA are sort of in the same situation, very few good teams, but those good teams are amazing to watch.

Now look at this,

Half of the league's teams attendance dropped in 2012 in some big markets,

Chicago Cubs
Chicago White Sox
Los Angeles
New York Mets
New York Yankees
San Francisco

Baseball was gaining great attendance from majority of the smaller markets, but because of MLB's structure as soon as Boston and Yankees start buying their (small market) best players the attendance will drop like it did in 2011-2012 around 1-2%. Probably will rise back in the big markets, but what I am trying to state here is at best case MLB is plateauing and not gaining yougner fans as the other sports have, they're rich because of that TV deal.

The worst news for baseball fans is the number of kids 7-17 who are dropping baseball to go to a difference sport, a 24% drop (12.4% drop overall) while hockey gained 38%, those are big percentages.


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