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MLB attendance finishes at highest level since 2008

Oct 4, 2012, 9:40 AM EDT

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The final numbers are in and Major League Baseball finishes with a total attendance of 74.86 million. That’s up 2% from last season and is the highest since 2008. The 2% increase is the biggest jump since 2007.  This, combined with the fact that MLB just announced new TV deals which more than double the haul of the current ones suggests a booming business.

Let us all remember that when the Michigan-Nebraska game gets higher ratings than Game 3 of the World Series later this month and everyone talks about it like it’s the end of the world.

  1. Kleinz 57 - Oct 4, 2012 at 9:47 AM

    Awesome. Though I’m sure some misinformed football writer will still go on a tirade this year about how baseball is “dying” yet again. ‘Just look at the numbers!’

    • paperlions - Oct 4, 2012 at 2:07 PM

      Except for the fact that nearly all of the inferiority complex is baseball-writer derived…..most football writers/reporters really don’t give a shit how well football is doing compared to baseball.

  2. greymares - Oct 4, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    Yahoo the economy is improving, thanks Obama.

    • pw38 - Oct 4, 2012 at 3:37 PM

      Or it sucks so much people are trying to forget about it by absorbing themselves into sports. Quite a pricey way to forget your problems though.

  3. Stiller43 - Oct 4, 2012 at 9:55 AM

    Let us all remember that when the Michigan-Nebraska game gets higher ratings than Game 3 of the World Series later this month and everyone talks about it like it’s the end of the world.

    Thats cute youre still so defensive about people liking football more than baseball 😉

    • kkolchak - Oct 4, 2012 at 10:09 AM

      If you like football so much, why are you wasting your time making responses on a baseball blog?

      • kevinbnyc - Oct 4, 2012 at 12:51 PM

        Evidently Mr. Sandusky is having trouble filling the hours while in prison.

      • paperlions - Oct 4, 2012 at 2:11 PM

        Some people find room to like both baseball and football….and most of us find the baseball fan/writer inferiority complex odd (and then annoying, because they just keep bringing it up over and over and over).

  4. megary - Oct 4, 2012 at 10:01 AM

    Love that picture. I’d like to get one of those and install it in front of my front door.

  5. ericellers - Oct 4, 2012 at 10:07 AM

    Great that’s all these greedy agents and their clients need to hear? Can’t wait till I’m hearing the poverty song sung by the overpaid under performing legion of players out there?

    • deadeyedesign23 - Oct 4, 2012 at 10:57 AM

      If every player took a 50% paycut you wouldn’t see a penny’s difference in ticket prices. Owners make money hand over fist regardless of payroll. This is typical in sports though… this idea that labor is overpaid and greedy, but the execs in suits are just trying to make a living.

      • pw38 - Oct 4, 2012 at 3:42 PM

        Well, I don’t know. I know this is about Baseball but Jerry Jones has the Death Star to pay for and his club is only the most valuable sports franchise out there so he’s struggling to find a way to make payroll and keep that vija board lit up. Thankfully his masterful job as a GM has paid handsomely with the years of deep playoff pushes the Cowboys have made since he shit canned Jimmy.

  6. kkolchak - Oct 4, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    The Nats were huge part of that and topped 30K for 79 dates (there ended up being two “true” doubleheaders). 37,000 showed up yesterday for a meaningless weekday day game.

    It was sweet vindication for those of us who retorted to the silly “Washington won’t support a baseball team” crapola by saying: build a winner and they will come. :)

    • jericoc - Oct 4, 2012 at 12:05 PM

      More Marlins than Nats. The Marlins were up about 8,400 per game this year versus the Nats’ 5,100. So if you can’t build a winner, build a stadium …

  7. ericellers - Oct 4, 2012 at 10:15 AM

    Cause he a Mohon , and his people don’t trust the local Guvment! Heehaw!!

  8. zidanevalor - Oct 4, 2012 at 10:17 AM

    Baseball is dead. It needs to stop acting like it’s not by getting billions in TV deals and 75 million in attendance. It’s not following the narrative.

  9. sdelmonte - Oct 4, 2012 at 10:17 AM

    And this is with the Mets losing attendance this year. (I didn’t manage to find a good date to get to the ballpark, so this is partly my fault.)

  10. jericoc - Oct 4, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    Why do media outlets do this every year? The 75 million means nothing without the point of reference of the current populations of these markets. I’m sure average MLB game attendance this year was higher than the figure for 1952. Should we conclude that baseball is more “popular” now than it was in 1952?

    And you’ll not have to wait for UM-NEB on Oct 27th. You’ll have UW-Oregon, NEB-OSU, LSU-Florida, and UGA-SC this weekend !

    • indyralph - Oct 4, 2012 at 10:53 AM

      No kidding. To really get at the truth, we’ll need to do some crazy research to determine the percentage of the population who attended MLB games in Seattle, Oakland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Anaheim, San Diego, Phoenix, Houston, Dallas, Denver, Kansas City, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Baltimore, Atlanta, Miami, Tampa, and Toronto in 1952.

      • jericoc - Oct 4, 2012 at 2:17 PM

        Oh, and I forgot about Miami – Notre Dame. But I’m sure no one will be watching that game either …

  11. vallewho - Oct 4, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    Bud should be happy…

  12. Stiller43 - Oct 4, 2012 at 11:02 AM


    Im assuming that comment was to me (im on the app).

    I love football, yes…but i also like baseball (3rd behind hockey, but i still go to games and watch on tv)…so i visit both sites for news. Good ‘nough?

  13. hisgirlgotburrelled - Oct 4, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    Stop giving Bud fuel for his no-expanding-replay fire.

  14. watermelon1 - Oct 4, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    This is what happens when a team that plays in a great stadium starts winning games. Congratulation Orioles!

  15. loungefly74 - Oct 4, 2012 at 11:33 AM

    I always make sure to go to at least 1 game every year…including minor league ball. some of the best times of my life is going to the park with my daughter. I wont even get into why attending a baseball game with a kid is MUCH better than attending football games with a kid…(we all know why)

  16. savocabol1 - Oct 4, 2012 at 1:00 PM

    Curious, but is this actual attendance to the games or tickets sold? Because there is a HUGE difference between the two.

  17. pw38 - Oct 4, 2012 at 3:43 PM

    The Rangers got record attendance this year and decided to pay back it’s fans for their loyalty by shitting a brick and letting the A’s show them how to play Sept. and Oct. baseball. This bodes well for next year.

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