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Old 05-19-2022, 05:41 AM
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Originally Posted by globetrekker96 View Post
What does it mean when you hear someone refer to a team as a small-market team?
The Wilpons own it. Or, it is truly in a small economic market.
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Old 05-19-2022, 12:57 PM
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Originally Posted by Borntoolate85 View Post
Between 1971 and 2005 when DC didn't have a team, Baltimore wasn't considered a small market team. Sellouts were common in Memorial Stadium (and later Camden Yards) during this stretch when the O's were contenders, and this was with a larger stadium capacity as well. Pittsburgh, Milwaukee, Cincinnati, Cleveland, San Diego, Tampa Bay, and Kansas City are the other commonly accepted "small market" MLB teams. They are all by no means small cities (They're all top 40 ADI's), but they definitely lack the big hustle/bustle of the big market metros with a wealth of corporate sponsors. It's easier to get a ticket, often for less money unless if a nearby major market team comes into town, but it usually comes at the expense of being less successful.

Of course, small is relative as when you go to the next level down (AAA), you'll find cities like Nashville, Columbus, Las Vegas, Charlotte, New Orleans, Austin (Round Rock), Indianapolis, and Buffalo are considered major market for that division, whereas Syracuse, Reno, Rochester, Fresno, Colorado Springs, Albuquerque, Norfolk, and Scranton would be the small market AAA clubs. You'll find that the larger AAA markets have first-tier teams in other leagues, and in many cases, multiple. That said, the biggest markets in that level are not much different from the smallest MLB markets at this point. "Large market" in AAA means generally means over 1.5 million in the MSA with a hinterland reaching over 3 million.
I would put the bolded in the major market for that division, given that the metro has over 1 million people and isn't much smaller than Buffalo in population. Both cities are only an hour or so from each other. The combined metro area land size for both is actually on par with Pittsburgh in that regard and similar in population.
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Old 05-19-2022, 11:21 PM
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Mexico City would certainly be a "big market", bigger than New York. Two teams, Tigres and Rojos, draw less than a half-million between them, and ticket average less than 15 bucks. How many $40-million players will that pay for?

By the way, if you're ever in Mexico City, go see a game. Or Cancun or Laredo, in summer.
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