Why is Baseball Losing its Audience?


Major League Baseball is having an attendance problem. Management is blaming the weather. Weather is always a safe excuse.

League-wide attendance entering Friday [June 15] of 27,328 per game is down 6.6% from this date last year and 8.6% overall, according to Stats LLC. The sport hasn’t seen an attendance drop of more than 6.7% in a single season since 1995, when the average crowd fell nearly 20% following the player strike that canceled the 1994 World Series. MLB attendance has remained consistent throughout this decade, never changing more than 1.9% in either direction.

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Weather, however, can’t explain the issues everywhere. Through this time last year, Blue Jays attendance is down 29% in Toronto at the Rogers Centre, a stadium with a retractable roof. It’s down 3% at Seattle’s Safeco Field, even with the Mariners sporting one of baseball’s best records. Crowds are also down 10.9% in Oakland, 6.7% in San Francisco and 4.2% in Tampa Bay, markets where weather is almost never a factor.

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One factor that I have not heard discussed is MLB’s support of homosexuality with its celebration of “Gay Pride:

So much for family-friendly. A total of 23 Major League Baseball (MLB) teams have signed on to sponsor gay pride events at games during the 2018 season, with the bulk of the “inclusive” celebrations coming during June, the homosexual lobby’s long-time annual “Gay Pride” month.

Why would anyone celebrate a sex act? That’s what gayness is all about. The thing that separates homosexuals from heterosexuals is the type of sex they engage in. What does same-sex sexuality have to do with pride?

For the Pirates organization, it’s worse than just having a celebratory nod to homosexuals and the alphabet soup of gender-bending designations; it’s that the Pirates capitulated to the perversion by combining it with Kids Day:

It seems you can’t even take your kid to a ballgame these days without encountering the ol’ red-orange-yellow-green-blue-and-purple.

The Pride flag will take the place of Old Glory in Pittsburgh’s PNC Park on July 2 [2017] when the Pirates’ first-ever Gay Pride Day falls on the weekly Kids’ Day. Each ticket to the Major League Baseball game will include a Pirates Pride Day cap, complete with rainbow-hued “P”.

Mental health awareness advocate Richard Jarzynka has begun a campaign on Facebook to protest the conflation of the two events.

“I have been a Pittsburgh Pirate fan for 50 seasons,” he declared online. That ended the day he found out about the Pirates “Pride” celebration. “As a Christian, I cannot support an organization which actively promotes a behavior which the Word of God repeatedly and unequivocally declares to be a sin,” Jarzynka wrote. (Life Site News)

 

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