Originally written on Waiting For Next Year  |  Last updated 7/19/12

Sports Business Journal, the Cleveland Indians’ local television ratings on SportsTime Ohio have dropped 24 percent year-over-year, marking the fifth-biggest drop in Major League Baseball1 .

The Indians’ drop is, as Crains Cleveland’s Joel Hammond writes, a “stark contrast” to the Detroit Tigers, whose average rating was reportedly an 8.65, the highest in Major League Baseball, and is up nearly 46 percent over last season.

The Indians have long said that television ratings are a forward-looking instrument when it comes to fan attendance. Presently, lacking marquee players and any sign of this issue being rectified, the once-relatively high ratings do not bode well for a team pulling out all of the (internal) stops to get fans through the turnstiles of Progressive Field. The Texas Rangers, owning a roster littered with All-Stars (including free agent pitcher Yu Darvish) are among the top-five in baseball, having seen an 82 percent improvement over last season.

The Indians, having been among the best in the AL Central over the duration of the 2012 MLB season, presently sit at 47-45, three games back of the division-leading Chicago White Sox, 1.5 games behind the Tigers.

[Related: MLB Trade Deadline: The Cost of the “Wait and See” Approach]

(Source: Crain’s Cleveland)


  1. Ahead of only Houston (24 percent), Colorado (25.3), Philadelphia (32.8) and San Diego (49.2
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