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Written by Maury Brown   
Friday, 16 March 2012 11:25

Paid attendance in sports is not “attendance”. For nearly 20 years, leagues have moved from reporting the gate as turnstile clicks to the number of tickets sold. The reason (from a league perspective) was simple: if we sell a ticket, there is interest, even if it finds its way onto the secondary market, or not used at all. It is still a “sale”

With the 2012 season at hand, many outlets will run predictions on how teams will fare in the standings. It’s a foolish endeavor many times as games are played on paper.

And, as games aren’t played on paper, so too, it’s never easy to predict how attendance will be for an upcoming season. Be that as it may, using last year’s standings, looks at off-season acquisitions, changes in the front office, and trends in how clubs are improving or not, here (by Division), here’s my predictions for attendance trends for the 30 clubs will be this season. Bottom line? MLB will see a modest jump in attendance this year.

Club

Trend

Amount

Yankees

Up

Slight

Red Sox

Down

Slight

Orioles

Flat

Flat

Blue Jays

Up

Slight

Rays

Up

Slight

 

 

 

Detroit

Up

Dramatic

Indians

Flat

Flat

W Sox

Down

Moderate

Twins

Down

Moderate

Royals

Flat

Flat

 

 

 

Rangers

Up

Moderate to Dramatic

LA Angels

Up

Dramatic

Athletics

Up

Flat

Mariners

Down

Slight

 

 

 

Phillies

Down

Slight

Braves

Down

Moderate

Nationals

Up

Moderate

Mets

Down

Dramatic

Marlins

Up

Dramatic

 

 

 

Brewers

Up

Moderate

Cardinals

Up

Moderate to Dramatic

Reds

Down

Slight

Pirates

Up

Moderate

Cubs

Up

Slight

Astros

Up

Moderate

 

 

 

D-Backs

Up

Moderate

Giants

Down

Moderate

Dodgers

Up

Dramatic

Rockies

Down

Slight to Moderate

Padres

Down

Slight

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Maury BrownMaury Brown is the Founder and President of the Business of Sports Network, which includes The Biz of Baseball, The Biz of Football, The Biz of Basketball and The Biz of Hockey. He writes for Baseball Prospectus and is a contributor to Forbes SportsMoney blog.. He is available as a freelance writer. Brown's full bio is here. He looks forward to your comments via email and can be contacted through the Business of Sports Network (select his name in the dropdown provided).

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