If Major League Baseball (MLB) is genuinely listening to what its fans are saying – Joe Torre and Rob Manfred – here you have it – with no spin…
Reflections On Baseball publishes widely on many Facebook Groups for Mets, Yankees, and general fans of baseball. I write, then readers read, and often a discussion ensues via the comment section Facebook provides.
Yesterday, I wrote a column titled “The Disappearing Breed Of The Casual Baseball Fan”. It received wide readership, but more importantly, the story sparked an interest among fans to reply with comments and their reasons why baseball has witnessed a decrease in attendance and TV viewership that reached its lowest point since 2003, and even more significantly, what these fans would do if only they could be Commissioner of Baseball for a day.
If I can locate the email addresses for the powers that be at MLB (can you help?), I will forward this article to them. Comments that follow are naked and are not touched by my hand.
Besides the at home experience has surpassed being at the game
Steven Levine I was a rabid fan who went to 70 games a year. They lost me with nets, no backpack rule and other ticky-tack “rules” that ruined the experience. Now saving $13,000 a year and found other things to do with my time!
And from here, we could go on forever…
The ongoing theme expressed here, MLB, is that fans are not happy campers, and if indeed you care about more than the “Blue Seats” at Yankee Stadium and elsewhere, you need to take heed of what your fan base is saying.
Regretfully, $10 billion a year (MLB’s total take last year) stands in the way of casual fans like myself and those above. Or, maybe not.
Because we have options too, for instance, we can boycott major league teams, choosing instead to bring ourselves, grandkids, and families to minor league games that proliferate the areas we live in. For myself, that means, for instance catching ten games in Syracuse for the Triple-A teams of the Mets and Yankees, rather than pay the exorbitant prices at Citi Field and Yankee Stadium, where all the best seats are “owned” by scalpers.
But that’s not the point, either. We are fans of baseball. To you (MLB), we may not matter much anymore given the TV contract dollars coming your way, enough to support the annual player payroll of more than half of the major league teams when combined.
Nevertheless, here we sit…waiting for answers.
Written by Steve Contursi, Editor, Reflections On Baseball
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