06 August 2010

The Grass is Greener: Responding to the Pessimism of Bill Simmons

In my latest Beyond the Box Score post, I take Simmons to task for shorting the game. Here's a quick summary of his views and misconceptions, along with my responses:
  1. Baseball's record attendance numbers are inflated by new ballparks (FALSE).
  2. Attendance numbers are inflated by low ticket prices (FALSE).
  3. Baseball lacks LeBron-esque star power (TRUE, but it doesn't matter).
  4. The length of MLB games is causing fans to lose interest (FALSE).
  5. Baseball games end way too late, which is especially problematic now that young fans have so many other distractions competing for their attention (TRUE, perhaps).
 Read the full piece here.

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