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MLB Franchise Notes: Braves Revenue Up, Payroll Down From '11
Published August 10, 2012
NOT FEELING BLUE: The GLOBE & MAIL’s Robert MacLeod writes “about the only positive the Blue Jays can point to these days is their attendance figures at home.” Through 51 home games this season, the Blue Jays are averaging 27,442 fans, which is an “increase of 4,776 a game compared to the same number of home gates last season.” It is the “fifth highest jump” among MLB teams in ‘12. Blue Jays Senior VP/Business Operations Stephen Brooks said, “An increase of about 5,000 per game, I’ll take that.” MacLeod notes in the Blue Jays' last four home games “average attendance spiked at 37,963” (GLOBE & MAIL, 8/10).
COME TOGETHER: Golfer Phil Mickelson said of his role in the O'Malley group's purchase of the Padres, “It's exciting for me to be a part of a team that I've been a huge fan of since I was a kid. I'm really looking forward to kind of bringing them back together with the community. … The last few years, I think the fan base has [lost] a little bit of faith in the team and we’ll see if we can turn that ‘round.” Mickelson added, “I'm not involved in the day to day of it. … I'm a big believer if you get the right people you let them do their job and I am not the right person on the team, they are. But it's fun for me to be a part of it and see if I can help bring everybody together” (ESPN.com, 8/9).