Third Day wrote:Maybe they could use attendance as a factor in revenue sharing. For every percentage point under max capacity for a season you loose an amount of revenue sharing. Bad team = lower attendance = less money.
not sure that will really get to the heart of it. as mak1277 alluded to, they basically treat the franchise like a minor league team and keep the focus off the field itself. as a result, they get their 15k-20k because of a schedule full of booblehead/calendar/poster/lapel pin/miniature bat/labotomizer giveaways and plenty of fireworks nights. the 'thinking fan' no longer attends games, but they draw families and casual fans looking for a night out. basically they just tread water while the welfare checks roll in