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Old 09-22-2016, 01:27 PM
 
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It's not just baseball and I wouldn't place a lot of credibility on a sport's decline based on information regarding Millennials who have proven the aberration in most demographic metrics. Millennials tend to be overtly lazy and have the attention span of a gnat, so of course sporting events/coverage minus constant loud music, flashing video graphics, etc. have done poorly with them.

Meanwhile, the Wall Street Journal shared a report from the Sports and Fitness Industry Association showing how specific sports have lost ground among kids aged 6 – 18:

participation in tackle football was down 5.4%
participation in soccer was down 7.1%
participation in baseball was down 7.2%
participation in basketball was down 8.3%

Baseball isn't going anywhere and I think you're still missing that despite all of the negative nancy information you're trying to sell, that MLB revenues are still up...
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Old 09-22-2016, 01:43 PM
 
Location: Crooklyn, New York
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It's not just baseball and I wouldn't place a lot of credibility on a sport's decline based on information regarding Millennials who have proven the aberration in most demographic metrics. Millennials tend to be overtly lazy and have the attention span of a gnat, so of course sporting events/coverage minus constant loud music, flashing video graphics, etc. have done poorly with them.

Meanwhile, the Wall Street Journal shared a report from the Sports and Fitness Industry Association showing how specific sports have lost ground among kids aged 6 18:

participation in tackle football was down 5.4%
participation in soccer was down 7.1%
participation in baseball was down 7.2%
participation in basketball was down 8.3%

Baseball isn't going anywhere and I think you're still missing that despite all of the negative nancy information you're trying to sell, that MLB revenues are still up...
It has declined in popularity. It's a fact. It's not close to being as popular as it once was -- even when compared to the 1990s. Disputing this is sort of like disputing the fact that Detroit is smaller today than it was 30 years ago.

Now that doesn't mean that baseball is going to fall of the face of the earth. It just means that other sports--primarily basketball and soccer--are going to overtake baseball. This isn't the first time this has happened in American sports. Just look at the state of boxing today compared to the 50, 60s and 70s.
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Old 09-22-2016, 01:50 PM
 
Location: Crooklyn, New York
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More Negative Nancy information.

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Football remains the most popular sport in this country in terms of overall TV ratings. But the average age of people who are watching football is rising, whereas the age of basketball viewers has remained remarkably stable, suggesting that even as basketball fans age, new younger viewers keep tuning in. Over the past decade, the average viewer of ESPN's professional basketball broadcasting hasn't budged at all—it's been 37 years old since at least 2004. The average football viewer, however, has climbed from 43 years old to to 47. For baseball it has been even worse—it has gone from 46 years old to 53.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/...-leagues-dont/
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Old 09-23-2016, 07:39 AM
 
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Attendance is down for many sports, not just baseball. This is for a variety of reasons. One of those is the improved home viewing experience with technological advances. This has played a significant role for years. The in person experience has to keep up with the at home viewing experience to attract and keep the casual fan. There are also lots and lots of viewing choices for the home viewer.

Many baseball teams for example have been offering less expensive tickets during the week, or during Spring and fall, or against less successful teams. Even in highly successful St. Louis, getting in to the stadium can often be done for an affordable price. These will not be great seats.

Marketing individual stars is something baseball has not done as well as some of the other sports.

Baseball is a continuous game except for between innings. It is untimed.

People sometimes discuss the pace of American football, but in actuality the average play is only SIX SECONDS in American football. Lots of standing around and lots of commercials, but there is appearance of a faster pace, of anticipation of something happening. This makes the home viewing experience easier. You wait for the play, the. You know you have xyz seconds in between plays. If a team plays faster, many viewers will enjoy the increased pace. The hurry up and stop approach works well with many attention spans.

Baseball has an image problem. The game itself is fine with some minor tweaks. But it is perceived you some as slow, older not as athletic as other sports. There is too much stalling, too much time between pitches, too much stepping in and out of the batter's box. Newer rules are not well enforced nor consistent,y enforced.

People sometimes pay a lot of money for that home viewing experience. So in order to go to games for some, it has to be perceived as better than watching at home. Movies aren't much different in that respect.
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