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12-14-2013, 02:01 PM
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Originally Posted by Runner77 View Post
Absolutely spot on, from 79-83 they topped NL average attendance figures for each of those years.

From 84 to 97, they weren't too shabby either, with 11 of those years each topping 1.3 million spectators (including 5 years over the 1.5M mark).

It's only one part of the equation, although a major one. We never really had deep-pocketed owners committed to spending -- they always tried to run the franchise like a strict bottom-line business, which baseball clearly isn't. Big difference now is the substantial guaranteed revenue-sharing money and the potential revenues to be generated from media conglomerates vying to fill programming slots on their 24-hour sports channels and news services, especially in the summer months -- something that wasn't as evolved or available when the Expos left.

While soccer is a growing sport, it's still trumped by MLB in the US -- and Canada doesn't have enough pull to make a difference, except when it comes to hockey (and even then, it's mostly in Canada, lots of US NHL cities don't draw).
1.3 million tickets sold per season would not be sufficient to break even.

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