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Nationals Draw Their Smallest Crowd For A Home Game Started By Stephen Strasburg
Published April 17, 2012
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RUNNING UP THAT HILL: In N.Y., Ken Belson reports with a "core of young talent," the Nationals are "meriting attention in a city otherwise focused on a presidential election." The team "just completed its biggest opening weekend since its current ballpark opened" in '08. While declining to offer specific figures, Nationals COO Andrew Feffer said that season-ticket sales were the "highest they had been since Nationals Park opened." He added that the team had "added W. B. Mason, United Airlines, Toyota, Under Armour and Cholula Hot Sauce as sponsors in the past year." Meanwhile, a new local TV contract "could boost the Nationals’ revenue, give them more money to sign free agents and clearly establish them as the top team in the Baltimore-Washington area" (N.Y. TIMES, 4/17). ESPN’s Terry Francona said if the Nationals "are going to be relevant and be a large market, which they should be, that’s good for baseball” (“Baseball Tonight,” ESPN2, 4/17).