Attendance

  • Rays president calls poor attendance a ‘distraction’ the team tries to ignore

    Rays president calls poor attendance a ‘distraction’ the team tries to ignore

    May 27, 2015 at 11:56 am 15 comments

    Rays President of Baseball Operations Matt Silverman was a guest on MLB Network’s “High Heat” and had some interesting comments regarding the team’s continued struggle with attendance. Buried amongst the other standard Raysian clichés (they have payroll flexibility, getting Desmond Jennings back is like trading for a hitter!, etc.) Silverman […]

     
  • Tampa Bay sports market is overstretched and over-saturated

    Tampa Bay sports market is overstretched and over-saturated

    May 21, 2015 at 10:43 am 11 comments

    A few weeks ago, the American City Business Journals published a study that explored the economic capacity of various sports markets in America and Canada. The study was designed to see which markets were underutilized in regards to sports and which markets, if any, were overstretched. The results also gave […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] What Rays fans need to know today

    May 13, 2015 at 7:44 am 9 comments

    The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe. RAYS 4, Yankees 2 (boxscore) THE GOOD: Chris Archer had a rough start, allowing each of the first 5 batters to reach base, with 2 of them […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] What Rays fans need to know today

    [THE HANGOVER] What Rays fans need to know today

    May 12, 2015 at 7:30 am 5 comments

    The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe. Yankees 11, RAYS 5 (boxscore) THE GOOD: Entering last night’s game, the Rays had used an American League-high 8 different starting pitchers, including 4 rookies. The […]

     
  • The Rays are on pace to have the worst attendance in MLB in 9 years

    The Rays are on pace to have the worst attendance in MLB in 9 years

    April 29, 2015 at 12:50 pm 10 comments

    The Rays finished dead-last in attendance last season at 1.45 million with just 17,857 tickets distributed per game, and the early signs are that the numbers are going to be worse this season. In fact, if the first two weeks of the season are any indication, attendance is going to […]

     
  • Another bad sign that attendance at Rays games will be even worse this season

    Another bad sign that attendance at Rays games will be even worse this season

    March 20, 2015 at 11:23 am 5 comments

    Last month we got an ominous sign of just how bad attendance numbers might be this season when the number of people who showed up to Fan Fest was down 20% from the year before. It was hardly scientific, but it did suggest that interest in the Rays was down. […]

     
  • The first sign that attendance at Rays games is going to be even worse this year

    The first sign that attendance at Rays games is going to be even worse this year

    February 23, 2015 at 11:29 am 17 comments

    The Rays finished dead-last in attendance last season with just 17,857 tickets distributed per game, their lowest average since the 2007 season, and there are good reasons to think it will go even lower this season. But if attendance at this weekend’s Fan Fest is any indication, this year’s attendance […]

     
  • Why Attendance Still Matters In The Era Of Huge TV Contracts

    Why Attendance Still Matters In The Era Of Huge TV Contracts

    November 14, 2014 at 9:02 am 10 comments

    We recently took a look at the Rays’ upcoming television contract and how it could be worth $80-100 million based on the Rays’ strong local TV ratings and the deals recently signed by other teams. Considering the Rays are only taking in about $20 million per year on their current […]

     
  • Rays TV Ratings Remain Strong But Are Down From Previous Years

    Rays TV Ratings Remain Strong But Are Down From Previous Years

    October 17, 2014 at 12:38 pm 3 comments

    Of the 27 American teams in MLB with available data, the Rays finished a very strong 12th in local television ratings, averaging 73,000 households per prime time game. While that is good, there is some bad news. This year’s ratings were actually down 18.0% from last year (89,000 households) and […]

     
  • This Is A Worrisome Chart For The Rays

    This Is A Worrisome Chart For The Rays

    August 13, 2014 at 12:58 pm 18 comments

    We recently took a look at the combined audience for typical Rays games, including both the attendance and the average television audience in the Tampa-St. Pete market. The results showed that the Rays fan base is a lot bigger than most in the national media realize, ranking 16th of the […]