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Indians See Spike In Ticket Revenue Despite Another Low Attendance Year
Published October 1, 2013
SAVE THE BEST FOR LAST: In Akron, George Thomas reports the final week of the MLB season "produced the best ratings for the Tribe" on SportTime Ohio, as the net earned a 9.3 rating for five games. All five games "reached the top 11 of those aired this season." Sunday's regular-season finale against the Twins earned an 8.55 rating despite airing at the same as Bengals-Browns. Ratings for the season were up 45% from '12 (AKRON BEACON JOURNAL, 10/1).
KNOCKING THE RUST OFF: USA TODAY's Bob Nightengale writes with the Indians, Pirates, Reds and Tigers in the postseason this year, it is a "Rust Belt renaissance." Pittsburgh, Detroit, Cincinnati and Cleveland all were "devastated over the years by economic woes and, in some cases, downtown desolation." But they "suddenly have baseball teams to at least provide a distraction." Indians Senior VP/Public Affairs Bob DiBiasio: "The impact of professional sports to a city is such a life, a sense of pride to the community. It's almost an inspirational thing. Nothing can bring a town together more than sports" (USA TODAY, 9/30).