strattera 10 mg reviews xenical buy australia prednisone 40 mg m2 cipro registration online generic 500mg viagra doxycycline 100mg coupon inderal propranolol buy buy doxycycline pets augmentin 62.5 mg drops purchase prednisone online lisinopril watson 10 mg lasix buy uk generics24 kamagra 2013 5 mg dose lexapro generic lasix 500 mg cialis generic super generic line viagra kamagra max buy generic viagra dates ordering lexapro online international viagra online phenergan 25mg tab nexium vs generics lasix online 90g cheap viagra you cialis 200mg reviews day 17 zoloft 25 mgs cheap tetracycline online 60 prednisone 5mg generic zoloft better viagra online germany lexapro generic time cialis generic same diflucan 150 mg breastfeeding buy propecia cheapest hydrochlorothiazide 25 mg tabs propranolol shanghai buy cialis 40mg overnight kamagra viagra cheap xenical 200 mg viagra description online generic viagra anygood cialis malaysia buy generic lexapro discount australia cialis online viagra generic germany Levitra 10 mg Buy diflucan 150 mg ttc levitra 20mg achat nebenwirkung lisinopril 5mg buy prednisone 5mg propranolol 40 mg precio took 2 100mg viagra levitra online satis 15 mg cialis zovirax cheap prices bula viagra generico doxycycline accord 100 mg priligy online apotheke 400 mg of celebrex buspar hcl 15 mg cipro 750mg diferenca viagra generico propecia uk online 100mg cialis dose cialis 5 mg dailyreviews cipro cheap online cheap valtrex online online viagra melbourne prednisone sandoz 20mg metformin er 1000 mg levitra 10mg effects clomid 50mg prescription medication cipro 500 mg celexa generic citalopram buy lasix cheap zoloft online purchase levitra generico 5 mg lisinopril 40 mg mg lexapro 10mg buy buy cheap nolvadex metformin generic problems cipla cialis 5mg cialis canadian generic 2.5mg lexapro pregnancy celebrex online coupon propranolol 10 mgr viagra generico contrareembolso viagra online.it buy uk kamagra strattera 100mg capsule harga levitra 10 mg 50 mg clomid failed viagra original 25 mg propecia buy canada cialis 20 mg confezione clomid order paypal viagra naturale 800mg viagra 100mg fast buy clomid mexico order doxycycline canada prednisone 0.5 mg tab metformin 750 mg cheapest metformin cialis 20mg proffenials levitra dosage 20mg viagra online genuine legit generic viagra viagra online israel 10 or 20 mg lexapro le cialis 20mg priligy generico online prednisone dose mg zoloft tablets 50mg lisinopril 10 mg image zovirax 400 mg viagra online ecuador viagra brand 25mg generico viagra colombia vendita cialis generico bcbsnc cialis 5mg synthroid 50 mg price buy cipro singles 1cheap generic cialis increase mg propecia clomid 25 mg online generic augmentin 500 mg zoloft 50 mg enough cialis 10mg us amoxil 500mg capsule canada generic strattera zoloft 75 mg dosage bactrim 100mg priligy online satis buy cialis tube 300 mgs wellbutrin lexapro 90 mg to buy xenical augmentin duo 500 mg cialis 20 mg cupon generico al cialis cheap quality viagra nexium 40mg gastrite 100mg viagra affectiveness 100 mg strattera high doxycycline monohydrate 75mg buy clomid where online levitra rx buying clomid injection viagra generico farmacia buy viagra costume prednisone 10 mg usage buy viagra florida generic cialis aanbiedingen cialis 20mg malaysia cialis 20 mg distributor buy synthroid 50 mcg generic levitra buy viagra a200mg generic metformin 500 mg lasix 20 mg ivp generic lisinopril appearance propranolol tab 10mg propecia cheap buy propranolol 10 mg bijsluiter amoxicillin 500mg amoxil erythromycin 500mg review online rezept viagra thuoc kamagra 5omg online viagra review prednisone 50mg tab cialis cheap cipla lasix 40 mg dose wellbutrin 450 mg adhd propranolol 160 mg tablets affordable generic viagra lasix mg dosage generic nexium available propecia online order augmentin 375mg tablets 10 mg 36 hour cialis viagra generico sirve bula propranolol 40mg kosten cialis 10 mg propecia online generic mg wellbutrin xl propranolol 20 mg bid std doxycycline 100mg discount levitra generic cialis 5 mg buying cialis professional 100 mg lexapro 10mg info online viagra genuine propranolol 1mg levitra 15 mg cialis online hrvatska 80 mg prednisone dogs zoloft at 50 mg buy 150mg viagra buspar 2.5 mg cheapest cialis onlinecom lexapro sleep disorder doxycycline mgd viagra mg chart wellbutrin generic comparison lasix eating disorder prijs viagra 25 mg hydrochlorothiazide tab 50mg xenical 50mg packungsbeilage viagra 100mg phenergan 10mg pregnancy buy nolvadex walgreens propranolol hctz 40 25 mg buy liquid diflucan 150 mg viagra results viagra generic krka lisinopril 40 mg cheap viagra online ebay diflucan 150 ml buy wellbutrin xl 75 mg dosage cialis 40mg drug prednisone 20 mg lasix 20 mg diuretico glucophage 1000 mg preis levitra 20 mg tabletten generic lexapro experiences 1000 mg metformin pcos diflucan tab 150mg viagra italy online 150 mg clomid nexium generic thailand lexapro 10 mg abbott order discount viagra wellbutrin generic a 101 cialis 5mg 28x cialis 20mg pills gettableonline cialis does generic levitra propranolol 10mg viagra 100mg buying nombres genericos cytotec testberichte viagra 100mg taking zoloft 100mg erythromycin 400 mg acne online viagra shops 400 mg wellbutrin sr clomid 50mg grossesse viagra buy brand generic cialis brand celebrex cost 200mg buy generic lexapro lisinopril 10 mg walmart viagra generic doses buy levitra 90 pills cialis buy cvs buy levitra line thuoc cialis 20mg zithromax online bestellen lisinopril buy online nolvadex comprar online levitra 5 mg ausreichend cialis generic fast Cialis 20mg 60 Tabs 40mg brand cialis zoloft 25 mg forum order cialis online zovirax 400mg cialis 80mg jakarta nexium bid 40 mg zovirax 50 mg generic viagra testimonial chip cialis 40 mg viagra online overseas lasix 500mg buy cialis dosage 40 mg buy cialis 50mg kamagra 100mg dejstvo acyclovir zovirax online viagra buy contest generic lexapro side generic wellbutrin 2012 nexium online drugstore lisinopril 40 mg white cialis nongeneric prednisone 50 mg tablet order zithromax cheap generic propecia paypal 600 mg lexapro cialis 100 mg 10 tablett 150 generic cialis softtabs nexium buy jual nexium 20mg kamagra 100 mg bijwerking doxycycline 75 mg overdose levitra 10mg 8st cialis 5 mg einnahme viagra online .au tratamiento lexapro 10 mg periactin 2mg 5ml viagra online shops viagra india online viagra vegeta 200mgl stopping zoloft 50 mg zithromax 600 mg susp generic cialis mexican prednisone 80mg eye propranolol 40 mg dosage valtrex generic cheapest synthroid 0.05mg generics biz viagra cialis generika 20mg cheaper synthroid clomid 50mg ovulation cialis 5mg rezept generic work levitra cialis manipulado 2.5mg augmentin 625mg uk nexium 20 mg tabletten buy viagra hcmc buy doxycycline china propecia tab 1mg cialis 5mg info wellbutrin sr100mg cialis 20mg 8 st cialis directions 20 mg buy zoloft india viagra online cialis pills 5 mg 20mg lexapro dangerous strattera add online buy bactrim mexico cheap cialis online metformin 500 mg smell lisinopril 10 mg rx 533 cipro 750 mg 14 tablet generic viagra miami metformin xr 750mg lasix online pharmacy doxycycline hyclate buyer generic zoloft medication cheap viagra substitutes buying glucophage clomid online success viagra tablet 100 mg viagra 25mg reviews 2013 amoxil 500 mg dose phenergan tablets 25mg celebrex online pharmacy whats doxycycline 100mg viagra 50 mg use viagra 25 or 50 mg doxycycline 20 mg buy buy viagra au viagra 50 mg forum buy 4 dose zithromax propranolol 40 mg used viagra generic professional dosage zoloft 100mg bactrim generic online viagra online com viagra 100 mg tab online drugstore viagra 150 mg viagra dose cheap cialis web splitting 20mg cialis online prednisone guida online cipro cheap professional cialis periactin cyproheptadine 4mg cialis cena 20 mg cialis price 20 mg cialis cheap 200 mg lyme doxycycline 100mg pastillas viagra generico viagra generico vendita generic celebrex reviews nexium tab online nexium cheap online prednisone 5mg ear cialis pills buyer strattera generic available cheap propecia alternative wellbutrin 150 mgs 200 cialis 20mg viagra 25 mg tablets wirkstoff cialis 20mg remedio generico xenical cheap viagra chinies cheapviagrageneric viagra viagra 50mg tab amoxil 500mg caps cialis tadalafil generico cheap kamagra plus 40 mg. of cialis viagra gel cheapest nexium generic brands buy synthroid online prednisone online 6 day prednisone 120 mg daily cialis 5mg packungsbeilage erythromycin 125mg 5ml doxycycline hyclate backorder nexium 20mg na efectos celebrex 200 mg cipro online purchase cytotec 200mg mirena cialis bulk buy buy lasix pills clomid online 2011 cialis 10mg dose levitra online pharmacy buy zithromax use levitra 20mg filmtabletten 12 prednisone buy online cheap propranolol prednisone 50 mg bid prednisone 5 mg thuoc cialis online uk nexium 40 mg buy viagra 50 mg effect lexapro 60 mg daily cialis 20 mg n4 generic prescription viagra metformin 500 mg od valtrex generic online viagra secure order generic cialis recommended propranolol anxiety 40 mg doxycycline online buying bactrim f generico propranolol hydrochloride 10 mg augmentin 875 125 mg generic wellbutrin rash nexium 10 mg costo cialis 5mg dauer dokteronline zithromax doxycycline 100mg tekenbeet buy viagra now buying vietnam viagra comprar generico viagra 20mg cialis experience lexapro 2.5mg wean comprar viagra 25 mg zithromax 200 mg dosage durata viagra 100mg zovirax 200 mg suspension prednisone dosage 100mg prednisone 200 mg tablets cialis sklep online lexapro 30 mg dose afbouwen lexapro 20 mg prednisone 20 mg canine trail cialis 20mg nebenwirkung viagra 100mg true generic cialis cialis 10mg oglasi 80 mg levitra cheap viagra 100 mg lexapro buying canada 40 mg prednisone alcohol buy propecia dht buspar overdose mg diflucan 50 mg notice buy nolvadex injections 0.5 mg propecia eod online order viagra levitra 5 mg alcohol buy doxycycline inj. clomid pills cheap buy nolvadex without buy cipro without avlocardyl propranolol 40 mg viagra cheap fedex buy viagra zimbabwe paypal generic viagra kamagra 100 mg reviews clomid 12.5mg discreet viagra online cheap propecia prices cialis 20mg couper buy viagra kerala starting lexapro 2.5mg cialis generico 100 safe buying viagra cialis 0 5 mg indicazioni diflucan 150 mg nexium 40 mg po levitra bucodispersable 5 mg zithromax 600 mg price get propranolol online canadian 5 mg cialis prednisone 5mg directions diflucan 150 mg dosaggio liquid cialis cheap generique cialis 20mg 20 mg cialis first nolvadex 10 mg immagine order viagra safely lisinopril dosage generic buy nexium 14 tablets
Home Pete Toms LWIB: Early Attendance, TV Ratings and Ticket Prices in MLB, Plus Tidbits

Like Shoot to Thrill - An AC/DC Tribute on Facebook!

An authentic tribute of AC/DC that covers the best of the Bon Scott era and the best of Brian Johnson's material

Who's Online?

We have 893 guests online

Atom RSS

LWIB: Early Attendance, TV Ratings and Ticket Prices in MLB, Plus Tidbits PDF Print E-mail
User Rating: / 3
PoorBest 
Pete Toms Article Archive
Written by Pete Toms   
Monday, 11 April 2011 12:58

Last Week in Bizball by Pete Toms

This week in “Last Week in BizBall, early attendance, early local TV ratings, early secondary ticket prices plus tidbits.

EARLY ATTENDANCE

The first few weeks of the baseball season always sees the punditry examining attendance in search of larger trends both at the team and league level. This year has been no different. Maury Brown crunched the Opening Day numbers for all 30 clubs and concluded that attendance was up 0.3% over Opening Days last season. Opening Day is Opening Day and nothing draws a crowd like a crowd. So, it’s the attendance at games following Opening Day which are more closely scrutinized and dissected. LWIB, Buster Olney mused about early season attendance. “There are lows being reported from Yankee Stadium to Cleveland to Wrigley Field, rows and rows of empty seats…” Buster did acknowledge the impact of the OH economy on Indians attendance but, more broadly, he wondered if social media is motivating more fans to watch at home, pointing to strong local TV ratings. The “Big 4” are all making investments to improve the “in stadium/arena” experience, boosting wireless capacities, installing new HD video boards and in the NFL, providing access to the “Red Zone” channel and (in some markets) the FanVision mobile device. Competing with HD broadcasts, the second and third screens and potentially 3D broadcasts (I’m sceptical) to lure fans out of our homes is a real challenge for all the “big 4”. Major League Baseball Advanced Media, which controls the digital rights for all MLB clubs, will determine if fans eventually see live streaming, alternate camera angles, replays, statistics, etc. delivered to their mobile devices when in the ballpark. In the immediate, I’m not so certain that baseball 2.0 is crucial to attendance. The MLB fan base skews older and less technologically reliant. Also, the fan dynamic is different than in the other “big 4”. MLB attracts a far greater number of more casually interested fans who attend games primarily to socialize with friends, family and co workers. For these fans, the game is secondary to the elixir of vacation, relaxation, conversation, sun, beer and eating. I suspect league wide attendance this season will be more impacted by the national economy and the price of gas than social media. Anyway, lets have a look at what some local scribes had to say about early attendance in their markets LWIB.

Paul Sullivan reported that the Cubs drew their smallest crowd in 9 years. He also noted that there were even empty seats Friday on Opening Day. I guess losing is less lovable in Chicago than in past years. Ed Sherman reported recently that Cubs TV ratings were down 39% last year and I recall that late last season Cubs ticket prices on the secondary market fell dramatically.

Neil deMause noticed that the Yankees …have set new records for lowest attendance at their new stadium for four games in a row… Neil attributes this to some combination of fans hating the new stadium, too pricy parking fees and a stand pat off season.

Joel Hammond reminded us that last season the Indians’ attendance was the lowest in MLB. Joel also told us that that was a drop of 21.5% over the previous year, when the club finished 25th in attendance. After the Indians opening weekend this season Joel painted a pretty gloomy picture. Despite extensive ticket discounting and opening on a weekend, as opposed to during the week last season, the Indians were still down about 8% for their 2nd & 3rd games over the same last season. Read the whole analysis here. In a separate post, Joel notes that the Nats opening weekend attendance was down 6.2% over last year.

The Toronto baseball media were impressed with the Blue Jays’ attendance for their opening weekend series vs. the Twins. Jeff Blair wrote, “Total attendance for the three games against the Twins was 110,683. Attendance for last season’s first home series was 69,098, but that needs to be put in context. Last season’s first home series started on a Monday as opposed to a weekend. This season’s three-game total was the most for any three-game series since Sept. 19-21, 2008, against the Boston Red Sox.”

EARLY TV RATINGS

Maybe fewer fans are showing up at the stadium (I would bet that, in the end, Selig’s prediction of an attendance increase this season will prove accurate) because of the “in stadium” experience or the price of gas or the state of the economy or HD TV or social media or some combination of all those factors but early local TV ratings for MLB are very strong. The Sports Media Watch blog reported that, “Several Major League Baseball teams earned strong numbers locally during the first week of the season.” SMW notes that the Orioles, Royals, Cards, Phillies and Rangers all posted boffo numbers. Ed Sherman noted that the Cubs earned their highest rating on WGN in nearly a year for a Cubs game. Joel Hammond noted that Indians TV ratings were up 20% over last year for the first five games of the season. (Joel quotes a SportsTime Ohio executive as saying that that has much to do with the Cavs playoff run of last season.) Dan Steinberg reported that Nats TV ratings for the first three games of the season were up 96% over the same last year.

SELECT READ MORE FOR EARLY TICKET PRICES AND THIS WEEK'S TIDBITS

EARLY TICKET PRICES

The secondary ticket market is viewed now as the barometer of fan interest in a team. On that note, LWIB Ed Sherman noted that there are some great deals on StubHub for Cubs tickets and Groupon has discounted “rooftop” seats. No doubt taking 2 of three from the Yanks this weekend will have changed the situation, but LWIB both Bloomberg and TicketNews.com noted that the Red Sox 0-6 start resulted in a drastic drop in ticket prices for games at Fenway. You might think that injuries to Greinke, Hart, Saito and Hawkins would dampen the early season enthusiasm of Brewers fans. Not so, as Don Walker reported that secondary ticket prices for games at Miller Park are very strong.

TIDBITS

  • Bill Shaikin reported that Frank McCourt has a deal in place with Fox to extend their rights to local Dodgers TV broadcasts. According to Bill, the deal is sufficiently large to allow Frank to settle his divorce with Jamie and right the ship, so to speak. The big question is if Commissioner Selig will approve the deal and, if he doesn’t, will McCourt sue MLB. You probably already read it but if you didn’t, here it is.
  • Darren Heitner of the SportsAgent blog deconstructs the Wade Davis deal. Darren notes that the Rays deal with Davis is very similar to the one they negotiated with James Shields in 08. I will add that the Rays took a similar approach with Evan Longoria (in hindsight, a great deal for Tampa) These sorts of deals, where the not yet arb eligible player swaps security for potentially more lucrative future paydays, have been discouraged by the MLBPA, which believes that some agents are leaving “money on the table”. Liz Mullen of the SportsBusiness Journal reported on this in November 08. It doesn’t appear that the PA has had much success in influencing agents in this matter.
  • According to the recipe, a brand new ballpark combined with a brand new team equals, at a minimum, great short term success at the box office. That has not been the case for the Gwinnett Braves. Josh Leventhal reported for Baseball America that the G Braves have struggled at the gate their first two seasons. For some reason(s) the “honeymoon period” that typically comes with the new stadium and new team never materialized for the franchise. In addition, the move closer to the parent club in Atlanta (the franchise was previously in Richmond) was expected to capitalize on local interest in the Braves. Evidently that hasn’t occurred either. Josh examines what went wrong and how the G Braves are addressing it.
  • Robin Berger of TVTechnology reported on the stat based innovations that ESPN is introducing to their MLB broadcasts. (HT Fang’s Bites)
  • In 08, MiLB and MLBAM partnered to form BIRCO (Baseball Interactive Rights Co.). I’ve noted here before that some minor league clubs resented relinquishing control over their web sites to BAM. LWIB it was announced that MiLB.TV will stream EVERY Triple A game over their site this season. As much as some owners pushed back against BIRCO there is no way this would have happened without it. How popular the offering will be….I don’t pretend to know. Eric Fisher of the SportsBusiness Journal has the details.
  • In February I blogged about the big changes being introduced to NCAA baseball this season, the most notable being the change in bat technology. This season bats must meet the “BBCOR” standard. In a nutshell the “BBCOR” standard was implemented to increase pitcher safety and decrease HRs. LWIB the AP reported that, with the NCAA season half complete, the new bat standard has resulted in the expected decrease in run scoring and HRs. The average Division I team is hitting 0.47 home runs a game and scoring 5.63 runs, compared with 0.85 home runs and 6.98 runs at a comparable point last season. As reviewed here in February, some in college baseball are concerned that the decrease in offence will also result in a decrease in fan interest. That same concern is expressed in the AP piece.
  • BAM announced a multiyear, exclusive deal with ad-serving provider Auditude. Read Todd Spangler at Multichannel News.

LWIB will return May 2


Pete Toms is senior writer for the Business of Sports Network, most notably, The Biz of Baseball. He looks forward to your comments and can be contacted through The Biz of Baseball.

Follow The Biz of Baseball on Twitter Twitter

FacebookFollow the Business of Sports Network on Facebook

 
 
Banner

Poll

Should MLB Force Jeffery Loria to Sell the Marlins?