I thought the Yankees are bad for baseball?!

This season Tampa Bay is 23rd in attendance with an average crowd of 22,733. In other words, they only fill up 51.9% of the stadium on average. That’s a lower mark than Pittsburgh and Kansas City. Yes- arguably the best team in baseball can’t even fill up their stadium as well as shit teams in Pittsburgh and Kansas City.

The Yankees played a series in Tampa this weekend where all three games were sold out. That marks the first time in Tropicana Field history that a weekend series was sold out. I wonder what the reason could be…oh yeah, that’s right, the Yankees.

Had this been another mundane series against Cleveland, you could guarantee half the stadium would be empty. But the big bad Yankees come to town, and the Rays get three sellouts which boosts the Rays revenue from ticket sales, concessions, merchandise, etc. For a team that doesn’t spend much, they need all the revenue they can get.

Sure, half the crowd probably comprised of Tampa Yankee fans. But a sellout is a sellout. The Yankees lead baseball in road attendance and teams with poor attendance probably jump for joy when New York rolls into town.

Are the Yankees bad for baseball? No- not the business aspect anyway.

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