fletch wrote:Baseball is nowwhere near as popular as it was for 80 years. This is beyond dispute. Baseball in the 70s and 80s had twice the fans it does today. You cannot with any bit of seriousness tell me that a quickly aging fan base is not a serious problem for baseball.
Of course it is not as popular. Football and basketball gave grown tremendously. NASCAR has grown tremendously.
Baseball is still very healthy, especially financially. It's more popular with older folks, yes, but the youth foundation is still very strong.
You claim that there were more fans in the 70s and 80s. I ask you to quantify that. Stadiums are actually larger now and attendance is growing to fit those stadiums.
If baseball was truly in trouble, you'd have larger stadiums with a lesser percentage of those stadiums being filled. As a whole, baseball attendance is actually increasing and the percentage of stadiums filled is quite high.
No, it is not the national pasttime anymore. It's apparent that football has taken that place. But baseball is still vibrantly healthy.
Also, as a rebuttal to your continued claims that young people don't go to games...they may not be season ticket holders or watch on television as much as the older generation, but there is still a very strong population of 18-35 year olds going to games, especially on Friday and Saturday nights.
Even at PNC Park, there's a ton of younger people in the crowd on any given night.