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ESPN.com on how the economy affects sports franchises and fans . . . . .

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Piotr Rasputin, Oct 3, 2008.

  1. Piotr Rasputin

    Piotr Rasputin New Member

    Quality piece.

  2. pallister

    pallister Guest

    Someone needs to remind these experts that a family not being able to afford to go to a sporting event is not a recent development.
  3. Ben_Hecht

    Ben_Hecht Active Member

    The cost of a decent regular-season seat to a stoopid baseball game (at Yankee Stadium) next season will be beyond endurance.
  4. BTExpress

    BTExpress Well-Known Member

    I once held season-tickets to local NBA team and partial season ticket to local MLB team.

    My attendance at sporting events now is five days at local ATP/WTA tennis tournament. And nothing else.
  5. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    Most sports teams aren't too concerned about fannies in the seats. They sell enough high-end seats to meet their costs. As long as those who want to go but can't watch on TV, which increases the ratings, that's good enough. And don't forget, keep buying those jerseys (alternate home, alternate road, old-school, etc.).

    When NASCAR drops 20% of its races because of rising fuel costs and a couple NHL teams fold, then we'll know we're truly entering a crises. Some of the sacred cows have to go to wake up Joe Sixpack.
  6. Ben_Hecht

    Ben_Hecht Active Member

    When the NASCAR truck series goes swirling down the crapper, that might wake a few of the good ol' boys up.
  7. goalmouth

    goalmouth Well-Known Member

    I thought the story rehashed a lot of what was already out there, and I expected more data to underpin an economics story.
  8. poindexter

    poindexter Well-Known Member

    I learned some stuff - I thought it was very well written.
  9. imjustagirl

    imjustagirl Active Member

    Gare Joyce is the man.
  10. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    Back in the day, ticket sales were the primary source of revenue for sports teams, now sponsorships, media sales and luxury box leasing guarantee a profitable season before game one. And some athletes make more money off the field than on. But I think it is safe to say there will be less competition for advertising spots on golf telecasts.
    I really enjoyed the piece ESPN did. I wish they did more like it.
  11. friend of the friendless

    friend of the friendless Active Member

    Ms justagirl,

    He's no Eliotte Friedman.

    YD&OHS, etc
  12. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    Don't forget the TV contracts as well, depending on the league and team. NFL teams already make a profit just on the money they get from their TV deals.

    What drives me nuts is when you start hearing people complain when a team doesn't fill all its seats and starts blaming the public (like ESPN does in referring to the Rays). I understand Tampa Bay tickets are pretty affordable. But there are plenty of teams where it is not. Yet, somehow, that's the fan's fault. He's not fulfilling his patriotic duty to attend games.
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