Monday, February 12, 2007

New York, New York, New York

Wallace Matthews of Newsday has a pretty good column about the notion of getting a third MLB team into the New York area. He argues that the New York area populace is actually under-served and suggests the Jeffrey Loria might move the Marlins, given the distressed state of the franchise. I imagine that the owners of Tampa Bay and Kansas City have considered similar steps. What would probably make more sense is adding two more teams to the American League -- one in New Jersey and the other in Las Vegas or Portland. Here's the top of Matthews' piece:

New York is a baseball town. Always has been, always will be. How much do we love baseball around here?
Last year, more than 7.5 million people went to baseball games in New York. This year, the figure will be closer to 8 million. But when the new ballparks for the Yankees and Mets open in 2009, the raw numbers will go down - there will be something like 20,000 fewer seats available between both parks - and so will your chances of getting in to see a game.

Demand drives the engine and supply tries to keep it running. Right now, the demand for baseball in this town may be stretching the limits of the supply.So why can't New York support a third major-league baseball team?
For 54 years, we did it quite well, of course, and in 1947, the best cumulative attendance year the Yankees, the Giants and the Brooklyn Dodgers ever had, a total of 5.6 million people paid their way into Yankee Stadium, the Polo Grounds and Ebbets Field.That is still nearly 2 million fewer than went to the two remaining ballparks in New York last year.


Anonymous dan said...

While I agree with the prospect of a third team in the New York area, The Yanks and Mets would never allow it.

If it did come to pass that a third team was added, it would bring back the glory days of New York baseball that existed until the Great Betrayal of 1957.

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