Pogotheostrich wrote:You might want to check your information before making blanket statements. Ratings and attendance were up from last year.Anonymous wrote:Ratings are flat and have been for some time.
Sept. 29, 2003 04:00 PM
NEW YORK - Baseball attendance picked up in the second half of the season, with the final average of 28,055 down just slightly from last year.
With terrible weather in the northern part of the country during early part of the season, the average had been down 7 percent on April 20 and 5 percent at the end of May.
The commissioner's office, in announcing the final, unofficial, figures on Monday, said the poor first half also was partly to "the weak economy, the war in Iraq and the SARS scare that particularly struck Toronto."
This year's final average was down 0.4 percent from last year's 28,168 and was the lowest since 1996. The average stabilized after falling from 30,099 in 2000 to 30,012 in 2001 and then dropping 6.1 percent last year.
All 30 teams reached 1 million in home attendance in the same year for the first time, with the New York Yankees (3,465,640), Anaheim (3,061,094), Chicago Cubs (2,962,630) and Boston (2,724,165) setting home attendance records.
Regular-season games broadcast on FOX averaged a 3.4 rating, from last year's 3.5.