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Poor attendance expected to cost Dodgers about $27 million

Aug 8, 2011, 1:08 PM EST

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Jim Peltz of the Los Angeles Times has some startling figures on how much money the Dodgers are losing because fans stopped going to games.

According to Peltz “the sharp drop in attendance at Dodger Stadium this year is likely to cost the Dodgers at least $27 million in reduced ticket sales, concession, and parking revenue for the 2011 season.”

That represents nearly a 10 percent drop in total revenue, which comes mostly from announced paid attendance being down 7,900 tickets per game. To put that in some context, the Mariners have the second-biggest drop in announced attendance this season at 4,200 per game.

And the Dodgers’ drop of 7,900 tickets doesn’t count all the no-shows who aren’t paying for parking or food or beer or those stupid foam fingers that claim a 52-61 team is still “No. 1!” I went to two games at Dodger Stadium last month where the announced attendance was above 30,000 and the actual attendance couldn’t have been more than 20,000. Maybe.

For a team with a payroll around $105 million the loss of $27 million in revenue could have a huge impact on the roster next season.

  1. garlicfriesandbaseball - Aug 8, 2011 at 1:19 PM

    I’m a Giants fan but it’s sad to see an organization with such a great history in such dire circumstances. Granted, some of it because of their own doing, but I’m willing to bet they’ll come out of this okay. The sooner the better.

  2. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Aug 8, 2011 at 1:29 PM

    Ouch.

  3. Clinton Manitoba - Aug 8, 2011 at 1:46 PM

    Meanwhile, Frank slaps the sh*t out of Maria for not opening a fresh bottle of unicorn tears and using an “old” bottle from this morning.

    • kellyb9 - Aug 8, 2011 at 2:13 PM

      There’s nothing worse than flat unicorn tears.

  4. PanchoHerreraFanClub - Aug 8, 2011 at 2:06 PM

    It is sad to see one of the best franchises in MLB to fall to such a state. The Dodgers should be one of the top four teams in terms of revenue (with the Yankees, the Mets, the Red Sox). It has taken really, really, really bad management to get them where they are today.

  5. koufaxmitzvah - Aug 8, 2011 at 2:08 PM

    The power of the LA boycott. Angelenos and Dodger fans not soft. Far from it.

  6. 18thstreet - Aug 8, 2011 at 2:39 PM

    I always wanted one of them foam fingers as a kid. On behalf of my eight-year old self, I’m shaking my fist at you.

  7. SmackSaw - Aug 8, 2011 at 2:57 PM

    It used to be that the Dodgers would draw 3 million even if the team was mediocre. They drew over 2.5 million in ’92 when they lost 99 games. The boycott is real. McCourt should be removed.

  8. henryd3rd - Aug 8, 2011 at 3:28 PM

    How long before the bankruptcy trustee allows MLB to take over this team and send the Frank and his estranged wife into financial oblivion where they deserve to be? The team of Jackie Robinson, Dem Bums, The Boys of Summer and the team that my father lived and died for should not have have their legacy tarnished by these clowns. And let’s not let Commissioner Bud and his MLB cronies off the hook. They were the ones that approved these clowns for ownership of this proud franchise and they must share the blame as well. Hey Bud can you spell due diligence?

  9. nomoreseasontix - Aug 8, 2011 at 4:31 PM

    Um.. Maybe McCourt’s an old frat buddy of Selig’s. Like the A’s Lew Wolff.

  10. Chipmaker - Aug 8, 2011 at 4:54 PM

    The greed of the few outweighs the needs of the many.

  11. tashkalucy - Aug 8, 2011 at 5:56 PM

    Grew up in Cleveland and have been in LA for 35 years.

    MLB must be hard up when it comes to selling their franchises.

    Years ago they allowed my beloved Indians to be sold to Dolan family, shortly before they approved Frank and Mimi – who put no money of their own into the transaction. In 11 years the Indians have not finished over .500 for two years in a row. The previous two years they lost 90-plus games for the first time in franchise history – over 100 years…..not easy to do as they were a team that wasn’t even in a pennant race from 1960 through 1993! The Dolan’s bought one of MLB’s best run franchises at the time and ran it straight into the ground.

    And what more can I saw about Frank and the Screaming Mimi that hasn’t been said?

    So now that the Indians are back to their job as a AAAA team – developing players for contenders (see Thome, Manny, Cliff Less, Victor Martinez and CC) — I can only hope that by the end of the 2013 the Dodgers will have a new owner that can sign Astrubal Caberea, Ubaldo Jimenez, Justin Masterson and Shin-Soo Choo — all of whom will be free agents and happy to get to a quality organization where they can actually compete in a pennant race.

  12. dogsweat1 - Aug 8, 2011 at 10:59 PM

    The return to Brooklyn!!!

  13. willo3g - Aug 9, 2011 at 7:00 AM

    Lets merge Angels and Dodgers! What you guys think?

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