Re: Facre Bleu
posted at 10/11/2013 7:23 AM EDT
In response to pinstripezac35's comment:
In response to youkillus' comment:
The problem with Fla baseball is so much of the population has moved there from somewhere else and just won't switch allegiances, on a par with switching religions, me thinks.
yeah thats what I was thinking
what R the odds of someone growing up in NE having a dad that was a sox fan
what R the odds of someone growing up in FLA having a dad that was a rays fan
Sorry I don't buy it...
The Miami Heat sellout every game, so do the Magic in Orlnado when they're winning games...the Buccaneers, Jaguars and Dolphins fill thier stadiums when they're winning too. Florida has for the better part of a century been the host state for MLB spring training...So MLB baseball has had the deepest roots of any of the major professional sport in the region.
So perhaps the issue in Tampa has more to do with where the park is located in relationship to it's consumer, not the park itself. The model today is incumbent on capturing the casual fan, not the ardent baseball fan that shows up regardless of the teams fortunes nor the gauntlet of navigating highways and byways to pay to watch their hometown nine. The park itself is part of the attraction, winning is the draw. if you sell hamburgers it's probably not a good idea to open a joint in a vegan neighborhood..
The Marlins are a completely different dynamic, there owner frankly should have been forced to sell the team.
Here in Seattle not exactly a bastion of baseball history. the Mariners built a new ball park with all of the amenities nessesary to keep the casual fan interested during a game where the score is 2 to 1 a park that is minutes from the heart of the city with public transportation and two highways with exits where you can almost get out of your car and sit in your seat. during the early part of the century they were a legit playoff contender and they sold out 48000 seats every night for the better part of 4 or 5 seasons...then the wheels came off they hit the skids lost 100 games and have strugglec to put a product on the field and in the process the casual fan lost interest...today they average around 20 thousand. still well above the 6 or 7 they averaged in the Kingdome...
Win and the casual fan gets interested, win and make coming to the game an event and the casual fan stays interested. when the casual fan gets interested local corporate support opens their checkbooks. Win, sellout games by attracting the casual fan and TV rating soar...the value of having broadcast rights for the networks increase and the net result is a profitable business model...