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A's Owner Wolff Continues To Search For Answers To Home Attendance Problems
Published September 19, 2013
TROUBLE AT THE TROP: CBSSN's Doug Gottlieb said of the Rays' small home crowds at Tropicana Field, "They're giving you great baseball down the stretch. ... I don't want to tell people how to spend their money, but this is really amazing." CBSSN's Allie LaForce: "Baseball attendance in general has been down, but you would think that with this one extra wild card game, which has done incredible things for baseball. You have six teams fighting for three-and-a-half spots that more people would show up to the games, especially late in the season. But it just isn't a sport anymore where people would rather watch in person" ("Lead Off," CBSSN, 9/18). ESPN's Buster Olney noted there has been "some criticism from players and some members of the media over the lack of fan support." Olney said, "It's a really, really bad idea for any member of an organization or media to criticize people for not going to games. People are allowed to spend their money the way they want to spend their money. They're not obligated to hand dollars over to any business." However, "you can't blame the Rays for working to move to another ballpark because it's not working in St. Petersburg. The location of the ballpark there is something that chases fans away and the ballpark itself is kind of a mess. But nobody -- nobody -- should get on fans for not shelling out their money" ("Baseball Tonight," ESPN.com, 9/18).