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SBD/May 29, 2013/Leagues and Governing Bodies
Diluted MLB Interleague Play Seen As Key Factor In Lower Attendance In '13
Published May 29, 2013
REDUCED PRICES: The WALL STREET JOURNAL's Jared Diamond wrote this is "one of the least-anticipated Subway Series ever." Demand for tickets this season "has reached its lowest point in recent memory." Data from secondary ticket site SeatGeek.com shows the average ticket for the four games this week costs $93.51, down from $108.67 last season and the lowest since SeatGeek started tracking the data in '10. Last season, the average ticket on the secondary market for the three Subway Series games at Citi Field "all cost more than $120." However, last year's games "were all on the weekend" (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 5/28).
LOSING STEAM: CBSSPORTS.com's Danny Knobler wrote this is the week "when we find out that even the best of interleague play has 'no juice.'" Interleague play was "sold originally on the basis that fans love it." MLB "proved every year that fans loved it." But this season, with interleague games played on weeknights in April and May, there is "no sign at all that fans love it." The Rangers "didn't draw in Milwaukee." The Mariners "didn't draw in Pittsburgh." The Phillies "didn't draw in Cleveland." The Royals "didn't draw in Atlanta." So it is "really all about this week -- this week with no juice, nothing close to a sellout, so little enthusiasm" (CBSSPORTS.com, 5/27).