BronXBombers51 wrote:Do you have numbers to support that 95% of Boston's ticket sales come from people in the Boston area? On the surface it sounds like BS, but maybe you do. The Red Sox do not have better fans. In fact, I'd argue they have worse fans because of the winning...just how the Yankees had worse fans when they were a dynasty. Most of the people aren't real fans, they just say they are because it's the trendy thing to do.
No - I don't have numbers. Its just common sense. The majority of ticket sales are going to come from those who live within driving distance of the stadiums. You think people fly in from all over the country to come home to watch a Sox game, especially when they can go to one for cheaper in whatever city they happen to live in?
BronXBombers51 wrote:This 'better fans' stuff is BS. So you mean to tell me that if the Red Sox were a 75-win team instead of a 95-win team, they'd be drawing the same amount of people? Winning breeds fans...most of them frontrunners. That's why Yankee Stadium was a wasteland during the 1980s and the Mets were the team in New York.
I'm not arguing that the Sox have better fans - stop redirecting the argument. We're talking about competitive balance here and you are in fact making my point. The Red Sox (just like the Yanks in the 80s) used to have trouble drawing fans. It wasn't until new ownership came in and spent a ton of money to improve the ballpark and take the initiative to market the team that they started drawing a lot more fans and interest, and that led to more income, which led to a higher payroll.
BronXBombers51 wrote:Red Sox fans go to the ballpark because the Red Sox are good. It has nothing to do with them being better than anyone else. Again, on the whole they are worse, do to the sheer percentages of bandwagon fans.
Again, I'm not arguing about who has better fans - I'm arguing about competitive balance.
BronXBombers51 wrote:I agree that every team has the ability to become successful....but that doesn't mean that large market teams don't have an inherent advantage over them.
I agree completely, but too many people cry about small market disadvantages when that is only part of the equation. If ownership of some of these so-called small market teams spent more money to put a better product on the field and into marketing, they might draw more interest, which in turn would generate more revenues, which in turn would allow for higher payrolls.
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