MLB: OCT 02 American League Division Series Game 1 - White Sox v RaysIt is hard for the Rays to get a fair fight in the media when they can’t even get the numbers right. Rays’ attendance is bad, but it is not as bad as ESPN.com suggests in a column on the expansion of instant replay

“Selig also called the Tampa Bay Rays stadium situation “very, very discouraging…Baseball needs a resolution to this problem,” Selig said with Stuart Sternberg, principal owner of the Rays, in the room listening. “I find it a very, very troubling situation. We were optimistic this was moving in a very positive direction. Unfortunately, it’s stalled”…Selig said the situation was serious enough that he was giving “very strong consideration to assigning someone from MLB to intervene in this process, find out exactly what the hell is going on…They’ve been a model organization, extraordinarily capable…They’ve done everything in their power to make their ballpark situation work. Years have ticked by now with no tangible progress”…The team is obligated to play at outdated Tropicana Field through 2027 and is averaging just over 13,000 fans a game this season. The low attendance figures have led to the Rays receiving millions of dollars in revenue sharing.”

Actually, the Rays are averaging more than 18,000 fans per game.

It is not clear when this article first went up on the site, but reader SunJin Zanker first alerted me to it yesterday afternoon. As of this morning, the number has not been fixed.

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6 Comments

  1. Mark says:

    Is there a link to the original article?

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  2. s says:

    i'm sure it was an honest mistake. the 3 and the 8 are so close on the keyboard, it had to be a fat finger typo.

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  3. Dave L says:

    They will never fix it. It fits their narrative. Maybe its just our wednesday day-game average, close enough.

    Why waste your time with confusing little facts when you have an agenda to attend to?

    The people in the northeast get the point, thats all that matters.

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  4. intrepid82 says:

    Wow. That is low, even for ESPN. Of course, they could have done a quick search on their OWN DAMN WEBSITE to find the real attendance figures...
    http://espn.go.com/mlb/attendance

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  5. slacker775 says:

    Interesting to look at those attendance numbers however. If you sort by percent of capacity, the Rays are at 53%, ahead of four teams. Those teams all have either new parks or established 'classy' parks (Cleveland). I would be curious to know what some of the factors that have Detroit filling seats. Certainly there is a bit more corporate support, but the area is certainly downtrodden and it's a very spread out area as well. Perhaps there is higher population density in the immediate vicinity around the stadium.

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