WBC Sees Increase in Ratings
- By Bill Jordan
- Updated: March 19, 2009
…and Other Thoughts on the Classic From the IBAF
Here are what the stadiums have averaged in the first round:
Tokyo Dome: 28,352
Foro Sol Stadium in Mexico: 15,453
Rogers Centre in Toronto: 17,317
Hiram Bithorn Stadium in Puerto Rico: 14, 450
Average overall attendance: 18, 893
Average overall attendance in 2006: 13,499
Those statistics illustrate an increasing interest in baseball across the world which the IBAF hopes can help them pursue more projects in the future.
Overall, the attendance at these events has risen 38 percent which illustrates that in this economy, most people are still finding a way to experience the things they love, such as baseball, even if it means spending some money to do so.
Obviously the biggest surprise of the entire contest has been the team from the Netherlands. After making it to the second round, it seems no one really wants to play the Netherlands. A few of the players from the Netherlands have been quoted as saying that they have gotten better at baseball because of the footwork they learned while playing soccer.
According to team Canada’s Joey Votto, the WBC has provided an atmosphere that is unlike anything he has ever seen and he has reportedly told the manager of his big league team, Dusty Baker, that if the stadium were filled in Cincinnati, players would be more likely to play harder.
There have been some talk that attendance will be hurt in the second round when games are played at Dolphin Stadium because the Dominica Republic will not be there and they draw much better than the Netherlands.
According to Pedro Gomez of ESPN, the loss of the Dominican Republic means either that every single All Star from that country will be playing in the WBC when it rolls around next time, or that none of these players will be featured and the Dominican Republic will not treat the WBC as MLB wants them to.
With the entire world truly on display during this classic, it has led many to wonder why, or if, MLB’s championship series should still be called the World Series since it doesn’t truly pit the entire world against one another as the WBC does.
Many people have been saying that they love the WBC, but are just unsure what to make of the Classic. There is a riff between American baseball fans as some are really into the action while others could care less. This could illustrate that the product is of interest to people, but those in charge need to do a better job of marketing it.
Still others have claimed that there needs to be some change to how the tournament happens since teams who have been eliminated still play out their pool and teams that advance keep playing meaningless games as well.
Bill Jordan is a contributor to BaseballReflections.com. He can be reached by e-mail at BillJordaniv@yahoo.com.
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