Earlier this week, I noted that the Rays would visit the Marlins for a 2-game series and that they are the two worst draws in MLB. Then I wondered if the 2-game set would draw a total of 20,000 folks. Boy was I ever optimistic…
- Game 1 was in Miami and the box score for the game said the weather was 77 degrees and the roof was closed. There were no weather-related events to hinder a crowd and the attendance for the game was 6,306.
- Game 2 was in Miami and the box score for the game said the weather was 78 degrees and the roof was closed. Once again, no weather impediments and the attendance for the second game was 5,947. The total for the two games was 12,253 fans. That is less than the average attendance for a single game for every MLB team except for the Marlins.
I wondered if on the night of Game 2 if there were minor league games with more than 5,947 fans in the stands. It took me less than 5 minutes of Googling to come up with these numbers:
- Norfolk at Toledo (AAA level) drew 10,100 fans
- Bowie at Akron (AA level) drew 7,501 fans
- Frederick at Wilmington (Advanced A level) drew 6,504 fans
It used to be the case – and so I assume it is still the case – that the visiting team in MLB gets a cut of the ticket revenue for their performance. If that is the case, all the other 29 teams have to be unhappy when they have to go to Miami because they have to know in advance that this will be a meager payday. I really believe that MLB needs to get out of Miami as soon as they can without legal entanglements; despite all the positive indicators for MLB in that area, it has not worked, and it is not working.
By the way, if and when that happens, the good folks in Tampa/St. Petersburg should take careful notice…
The WNBA has its first Commissioner; in the past, it has had a league President; and if you read the reporting, you will see that plenty of folks think this is a big step forward for the league. You say tomato; I say to-mah-to. Cathy Englebert – former CEO at Deloitte – is the Commish and her first order of business is to negotiate a new CBA with the players union. Here are two opposing forces in that negotiation:
- The WNBA is a losing proposition; it only stays afloat because the NBA pumps money into the league; team owners would all be “in the red” absent that largesse from the NBA
- The WNBA players receive in salaries approximately 22% of the league revenue; that compares to about 50% of the revenue that goes to NBA players and NFL players under their CBAs.
In 2019, there is energy behind the movement for “equal pay for equal work” – as it should be. In situations of public sector jobs and in situations where private entities are at least breaking even, there are no good arguments to deny women equal pay for equal work. However, that goal is a bit murkier in terms of its righteousness when that business entity is a women’s league and the comparison to the comparable men’s league does not also include the profitability factor. Ms. Englebert has an interesting challenge on her plate…
Oh, and there is another thing Madame Commish needs to do in her role as the custodian and protector of the league’s image:
- She must make it clear to the players and the union that being a no-show for a scheduled game because the flight to the city got in late is unprofessional and unacceptable. It happened once last year; that must be the last time it EVER happens if the WNBA hopes to be taken more seriously than the late but hardly lamented AAF.
I swear that aliens from the Xygork Nebula are observing humankind from nearby in the solar system and they have irradiated the water supply in NYC to see how humans react to this altered state of water. It is the best explanation I can come up with for team behaviors there.
- Two years ago, the NY Knicks fired Phil Jackson as their GM/team President about a week after Jackson organized and ran the Knicks’ draft and took Frank Ntilikina with the first pick. That draft came only a couple of months after owner James Dolan extended Jackson’s contract – actually, l I believe he picked up an option in that contract – for several more years. Two years later, the Knicks are no better off than they were when Dolan showed Jackson the door.
- This week, the Jets fired their GM who – since the end of last season’s disappointing results – hired a new coach, signed free agents to the tune of about $150M, organized and ran the NFL Draft and traded for a much-needed interior lineman. And they handed the job to the new coach that he hired who has never been in a GM role in his life.
Memo to NY Jets ownership: The team name – JETS – is an anagram for JEST. If your new coach is not the offensive guru you have made him out to be, he will be the franchise equivalent of an ADAM Bomb. Take a deep breath and think before you make your next move…
Finally, Bob Molinaro had this comment in the Hampton Roads Virginian-Pilot recently:
“Speculation that an NFL team would take a chance on Colin Kaepernick once he settled his collusion case against the league now appears to have been too optimistic. The draft is over and so is most of free agency, and still he sits. Never say never, but I don’t see him returning to the field.”
I agree here; however, I think now his absence from football is of his choosing. I think he has moved on to other things in his life.
But don’t get me wrong, I love sports………