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SBD/August 26, 2014/Leagues and Governing Bodies
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Published August 26, 2014
THE GOOD OLD DAYS? In Philadelphia, Sam Donnellon notes MLB attendance is "down by nearly 400,000 from a year ago," and 16 of 30 teams "have experienced attendance declines." Donnellon: "I wonder whether a secret ballot of Phillies fans wouldn't produce a landslide preference for the 2007 summer, or the summer of '93, when a six-run lead wasn't enough, and a six-run deficit didn't automatically start all car engines." Donnellon: "It's not just chicks who love the long ball. We all do. Big kids, little kids, mommies and daddies all go to games hoping to see balls bouncing off and over the wall, a slugfest preferably, but a home-team blowout would be fine, too." There is "no doubt, the game is cleaner today than it was a decade ago." But it just "doesn't seem as exciting." At least for the "casual fans who move the attendance meters of major league parks" (PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS, 8/26).