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Written by David E Simmons   
Monday, 17 September 2012 14:33

Inside MLB attendance

Last week, MLB released their 2013 schedule and with it, Katy Feeney and the staff at MLB is responsible for piecing the schedule together that has to be one of the toughest in sports. The schedule has to balance local holidays, team travels, political conventions, concerts, national television contracts, competition from other sports leagues, and the team themselves in putting together the schedule. Some teams are happier than others with their tentative 2013 schedule. Others will have a tougher time selling more tickets with their schedules during the off-season. It’s important to note that the 8 worst road draws in baseball this season were the Royals, Mariners, Rangers, A’s, Indians, Twins, Blue Jays, and Rays. This could change for any of these teams with the signing of Josh Hamilton. Plus, a deep playoff run for the Rangers or A’s could help them on the road next year as well. The best road teams are all large markets including: Yankees, NY Mets, Philly, Cubs, Dodgers, Giants, Braves, and welcome to the big-time Nats. The Braves TBS roots still sell on the road and it appears all baseball fans couldn’t get enough of the Bryce Harper show on the road. Missing but not forgotten are the Red Sox who still claim to be a top 5 brand and given the number of transient former Boston students will continue to sell on the road. If you’ll notice none of the best road draws come from the AL Central or AL West. This puts teams at a definitive box office disadvantage from the NL Central who play the AL West and teams from the NL East who face the AL Central. One advantage for all teams this year is that rivalry interleague games will be played during the week which should sellout and their increases are greater than the decreases on a weekend series. That change alone should net teams ~35,000 tickets sold or about a million tickets sold league-wide. One trend to keep an eye on is the use of concerts made popular in Tampa, Washington, and the LA Angels to drive attendance. Given the multitude of projected slow weekends across the league many teams will adopt a Friday Fireworks and Saturday Concert model. Concession discounts during the week and promotions will continue in abundance as well. Without further ado here are the 2012 schedule release winners and losers.

2013 Schedule Winners

  • Los Angeles Dodgers: Host NY Yankees (2 games) and Boston Red Sox (3 games)
  • Toronto Blue Jays: April weekend with Yankees, Plus weekday hosts to Dodgers, Giants, Red Sox, & Yankees
  • New York Mets: Host 84th all-star game in July but host Royals, Tigers, White Sox in interleague and only 2 Yankee games
  • New York Yankees: Host SF and Red Sox in September weekends – 2 Red Sox series plus Dodgers, Mets during week
  • Chicago Cubs: 9 April games, host Rangers in interleague, weekends vs. PHI/LAD/STLx2/ATL/NYM
  • LA Angels: Red Sox, Yankees weekend - Dodgers/Cubs/Cards midweek
  • Colorado Rockies: Host NY Yankees (3 games) and Boston Red Sox (2 games)
  • Detroit Tigers: 21 home games before Memorial Day weekend, ATL/PHI/BOS weekend series
  • Oakland Athletics: Red Sox & Cards on weekend plus Giants, Yankees, Cubs midweek
  • Minnesota Twins: Host Mets and Red Sox on weekend, plus Yankees and Phillies during week – then 2014 ASG
  • Cleveland Indians: Mets & Nats on weekend, plus 10 early weekday games vs. Phillies/Red Sox/Yankees

2013 Schedule Losers

  • Boston Red Sox: 17 April home games, Yankees first visit is July 19th, interleague host of Padres, DBacks
  • Chicago White Sox: 15 April games, face Sox, Cubs, and Yankees during the week
  • Arizona Diamondbacks: Host Rangers, Rays, Orioles, and Blue Jays in interleague
  • Baltimore Orioles: Play Dodgers in April, 1 Yankee weekend, plus interleague with Rockies & Pads
  • All NL Central not named the Cubs: Host AL West in Interleague play
  • All NL East not named the Mets: Host AL Central in Interleague play

Off the 9 interleague series to never happen it appears that MLB tried aggressively to get them all in as there will be 7 first time series in 2013:

  • Dodgers @ Yankees
  • White Sox @ Mets
  • Braves @ Royals
  • Rangers @ Cardinals
  • Cubs @ Athletics
  • Cardinals @ Angels
  • Rays @ Dodgers

Looking ahead to 2014 the following interleague matchups have never been played:

  • Twins @ Braves
  • Padres @ Blue Jays

David SimmonsDavid Simmons is a graduate of the University of Central Florida who worked in the front office of the Los Angeles Dodgers over 4 seasons and has a decade of ticketing experience.. He serves as CFO for Players For The Planet and currently resides in Baltimore. You can follow David on Twitter @davidesimmons

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