Ticket sales sinking in the dirt

By Mackenzie von Kleist |Staff Writer|

It’s strike three and you’re out, or so it seems for MLB ticket sales.

Sales are less than they have been for this American past time and it is not due to the economy or weather.

With the NFL only seeing a one percent decrease in sales, according to NFL.com, what is to blame for this unnatural decrease in ticket sales for baseball?

“I attended at least six games last season and some of them weren’t even local,” said CSUSB student Chris Maizelia. “I plan on going to at least double that this season.”

Maizelia is planning to attend more games than usual, maybe because he can get cheaper tickets.
“I’m not sure why the ticket sales are down, but it is definitely better news for me and any other baseball fan that wants great seats and lower ticket prices,” said Mazelia. “But all in all it isn’t good for the sport as a whole.”

This isn’t just puzzling to CSUSB students but also the major suits in charge.

According to sports.yahoo.com, through 320 games this season, attendance is down 506 tickets per game. Out of 2,430 games, it would add up to 1,229,580 fewer tickets, which would drop MLB to levels unseen since the early 2000s.

In the land of baseball and this nation on a brink of depression, lower ticket prices have been established by many teams throughout the league, ten to be exact, in order to draw in more people.

According to Baseball Reference.com, Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs, New York Mets, New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians, Florida Marlins, Texas Rangers, San Diego Padres, Seattle Mariners have all lowered their tickets to unthinkable prices, as low as $2 a seat for the nose-bleed sections.

This still did not help the problem of ticket sales, and reports by these teams have shown sales have actually gotten worse.
The worst of all these this season, however, undoubtedly has been the Dodgers.

With so much negativity surrounding their season like the commissioner of baseball Bud Selig having to take over the franchise due to the owner Frank McCourt’s’ financial woes, and the beating and near death of a Giants fan in the Dodger stadium parking lot by a dodgers fan, it is no wonder why this historical team has its lowest ticket sales in years and is one of the emptiest stadiums in MLB.

Hope prospers in many fans eyes though, as well as students here on campus.

“I know the Dodgers have had a lot of bad vibes being curve balled their way this season, but they have such a fantastic history and it is only going to take one big championship win to shock the fans and people back in to the stadiums,” said Dodger fan Lauren Halseth.

Turn on and tune in to all the games this summer season and look at the sea of bountiful seats available for the taking.

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