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An at first heartening, then on closer inspection sobering, view on attendance

Hello, now I had just read a comment going on about essentially "blah, blah, I don't want to hear the phrase small market, blah blah, Cincinatti spends $, blah blah" (you get the idea). Now, I had always known the Pirates the past few years haven't had great attendance, but then I remembered that PNC Park is only 38,496, and some seats are prohibitedly expensive to your everyday joe, but it seems like all the decently priced seats sell real well this year. Now, this got me to thinking the question, "how good are the Pirates at filling their stadium compared to the rest of the league this year?". The answer might surprise you a bit. Here is the link

http://espn.go.com/mlb/attendance/_/sort/homePct

That's right, the Pirates are 16th out of 30 in baseball in terms of % of seats sold per game. Right in the middle of the pack in attendance. We have represented th Pirates decently at PNC:)

Now, here's the sobering part, I did the math for one more thing, if the Pirates averaged 30,742 sold tickets per game next season, (the same number that they sold in PNC's inagural season, which had a lot of hype if not a wining club) we would finish at 10th in the bigs, why is that sobering you say, because of this factoid...

Even with that attendance, assuming other teams hold steady, we'd still be last in our division in TOTAL # attendance, and with cheap ticket prices compared to the rest of baseball, revenues from ticket sales/ballpark revenue would likely still put us at the bottom of our division, (though 18th in baseball!). We have one of if not the best ballpark in baseball for watching a ballgame, but it seems realistically even with a great team, due to economics and our ballpark, that our ballpark revenue will be smaller compared to our divisions rivals unless ticket prices raise, which I don't think any fan wants at all. Add that to the problematic long term TV deal with ROOT sports that seems below market value at the moment by quite a lot, and we're looking at a team that financially, even with great attendance, will not be able to sustain a payroll competitive with our divisional rivals. The Reds $30 million dollar a year TV deal as opposed to our $18 million TV deal, despite the awesome $50 million equalizer which is the national TV deal, I can't help but notice that financially, the Pirates due to their awful TV deal, small if awesome stadium, and cheap tickets, we will have to rely on having a smarter management team than our opponents due to us, even with thousands more people coming per game, STILL the worst performing team in terms of revenue in our division:(

Now, this is a really quickly done post, and if I missed something big feel free to correct me, but this is my first thoughts on reading the data.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of the managing editor (Charlie) or SB Nation. FanPosts are written by Bucs Dugout readers.

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