who do you root for Ive? i love your passion for the game but i've always scratched my head when you post about baseball wondering how you can stay engaged if you're a mariners fan. but maybe you aren't? i love the park, i love the game. my family moved here in '79 when they were brand new, i've long wanted a reason to pull for them - i thought (briefly) we had it in the 90's. but 42 seasons, 4 playoff appearances, no pennants. last playoff season almost 2 decades in the rear view mirror. the results don't suggest they care about winning. at least we had griffey at his zenith, he was glorious.Where do you get your information? Over 68 million people went to baseball games last year-that is hardly empty stadiums. Attendance, although down a little was down for almost all spectator sports. The 18-19 season in the NFL was the lowest attendance in almost 10 years. College football attendance has been down for about 7 straight years now. The NBA is just about even while NASCAR has had to remove some bleachers to keep from showing how low attendance has become.
In baseball there are so many teams that lose 100 games a year that they are bringing down the total attendance figures dramatically. Who wants to go watch a perennial loser? I'm looking at you, Mariners. Owners that just want to brag that they own a baseball team but don't give a shit about the product contribute to that. Conversely, minor league attendance is going up. Ostensibly because if you go to a major league game and see minor league play-why go?
Cost. The cost of all major sports is going way up, it has to with the insane contracts that are being rendered. I don't know what it cost to go to a football game but the average cost to take a family of 4 to a baseball game for tickets, beer, hot dogs, soft drinks for the kids and maybe a souvenier cap plus parking is over $230. For many families that is a once a year treat but a little rich for frequent attendance.
Cities with their crowding and traffic conditions and parking woes bleed off a few more fans of all sports and TV and streaming services make it easy to stay home and avoid the hassle. You can buy a season cable pass for all the games for what going to one or two games would cost.
True, baseball is plagued with some real problems that aren't being addressed. But it is driven by big TV contracts and big salaries, a cash cow that won't be changing any time soon.
The same as all major sports.
I obviously don't follow baseball as closely as you do @IveofIone . I was curious about your comments and looked at some baseball "cheating" articles.The 2020 season will be interesting both in terms of how much the scandal hurts attendance and how other teams react to the teams that cheated. I would think that Boston and Houston would have a bulls eye on them in terms of how badly other teams want to beat them. By not punishing the actual cheaters the commissioner has established a dangerous precedent that may come back to bite baseball in the ass.
Jim, I suggest a drink, a toke or a pill... probably all 3 for you.Big Greg is gonna be hittin the weights!! Liftin' HARD. Big primal screams putting up multiple HEAVY plates. Bendin' the bar! Just bench press!! That's all you need for the NFL. Look this is a gladiator sport IN THIS LEAGUE!!!
Extremely indimidating!!! Pushing guys into the ground where they gonna REMAIN!!! teeth bared!!! Veins popping from the neck!!