Back in mid-April, Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports started his 10-degrees column discussing MLB’s “enormous attendance drop.” Multiple explanations for this huge attendance drop were considered. One league official told Passan that “the tanking scare[d]” him. Others pointed to the fact that this April saw the most game postponements since 2007, with the weather around the league not yet warm enough to draw the big crowds.
That was certainly the hope, at least for me, Passan and Major League Baseball.
“Once the weather turns, that is going to be the ultimate test,” Passan wrote. “One that could be the salvation players are seeking: If there is a lack of competitiveness during the 2018 season, will fans notice enough to care and stop showing up at the stadium?”
Well, the weather has turned. And fans still aren’t showing up.
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