Originally posted on Oregon Sports News  |  Last updated 12/6/12
As the Major League Baseball winter meetings commence in Nashville, one has to wonder if the Seattle Mariners front office is not only thinking about how to snag the Kansas City Royals’ Billy Butler, but also about the dismal news that came out of the study released by 24/7 Wall St . According to the analysis released this week, the Seattle Mariners saw a 51.4 percent decline in fan attendance during the past ten years. As if that news were not dire enough, this drop in attendance is more than any other professional sport, including the NHL, NFL and NBA. This is not a statistic any manager wants to read in the morning paper or hear discussed on talk radio. Safeco’s capacity last year hovered at just 44.4 percent, a Major League Baseball low, and to add to this dismal news, season ticket sales have plummeted by 61 percent since 2002. The Pacific Northwest has a fickle relationship with baseball. Cities with a fan base that hang on during dreary years- Chicago, Pittsburgh, Cinci...
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