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02-26-2013, 03:43 PM
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Originally Posted by S E P H View Post
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,

http://www.baseball-reference.com/le...tendance.shtml

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

Boston
Chicago Cubs
Chicago White Sox
Cleveland
Colorado
Houston
Los Angeles
Milwaukee
Minnesota
New York Mets
New York Yankees
Philadelphia
Seattle
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.

http://mlb.sbnation.com/2011/5/10/21...ower-than-ever

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.

sport http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000...156582750.html
I love baseball.. I really do.. but there is nothing more boring for everyone involved than youth games right after the kids start pitching. Walk, walk, hit by pitch, walk... I dont think we every finished a game before it was too dark.

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