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Baseball ticket sales are headed back up

Mar 28, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

Bud Selig defiant

Eric Fisher of Sports Business Journal reports that, based on earlyreturns, Major League Baseball is poised to end a three-year slide in ticket sales:

Commissioner Bud Selig declined to project a specific attendance increase for the season. But after drawing 73.06 million fans in 2010, down 0.4 percent from 2009, this year’s total will likely fall somewhere between 75 million and 78 million, an increase of 3 percent to 7 percent.

Selig has established 80 million as a goal since finishing roughly 500,000 people short of the mark in a record-setting 2007, but that level appears at least another year away.

“I’m really bullish on this season. We’ve got some great empirical data coming in,” Selig said. “I want to see a nice increase this year, and I’m very hopeful, very optimistic and confident that we’re going to do it. It should be a big, big year.”

Owners who claim that they will raise payroll if and only if ticket sales increase could not be reached for comment.

  1. yankeesfanlen - Mar 28, 2011 at 10:54 AM

    A decrease of only 0.4% in a retail setting is not even cause for comment- especially since it can be accounted for from one team.
    Love the closing line- now how do you get them to do it? The contending teams are at near capacity, do we have to get the ghost of Bill Veeck in here? The O’s alone, under Buck ought to increase attendance by 15%.

  2. brucewaynewins - Mar 28, 2011 at 12:05 PM

    I know as of January the Reds were reporting a 10% increase in season tickets and set the record for a sale on game tickets they did on a touring caravan in January. Haven’t heard anything since then indicating how much beyond that they are now.

    I wonder if it fans attending the same amount of games just wanting the first pick for playoff tickets and Opening Day next year, people attending more games, or former Bengals season ticket holders.

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