What I have an issue with is the Atlanta-based group had this to say about the Phillie fans after their findings.
The most demanding MLB fans live in Philadelphia. This fits the stereotype of Philadelphia fans as aggressive, demanding fans that are willing to cheer injuries and boo Santa.
There are plenty of reasons to say why these numbers are so low. Yes the Phillies were terrible in the early stages of this data, and they are terrible now, but in the beginning, it was the final years of Veterans Stadium, and believe me when I say we Phillies fans were not trying to pack the place every night. So 1998 through 2003, the Phillies were playing in the Vet, and the remaining 10 years, the current Citizens Bank Park. But now, the main reason that people are avoiding heading down to Citizens Bank Park are two-fold. 1. There is a terrible product on the field, and 2. games are just way too expensive.
First off, yes my first point is the whole point of their study, but why would you pack a stadium to see your team get shutout and scrap out two hits or so? Or no hits, as we saw against the Dodgers one Sunday (usually the day of the week with the largest turnouts). Personally, I have not been to a game yet this year, I will get to one, as I always do, but there is no real rush considering that the team is now garbage. This is what leads to my second point, the price of the games. For me, I am not the target for this part considering I am a single person who will probably buy something off of the secondary market like stubhub. But for say a family of 4, a night out at the ballgame can cost upwards of $200. Tickets, parking, food, souvenirs, etc. It all adds up.
Also, take a look at the bottom of the list, the Yankees are sitting at #30. Meaning they draw the same amount of fans no matter what. Sure being in the country's biggest city and most popular tourist destination with an international team interest helps, but that doesn't mean the people packing those seats are really all Yankee fans. Also the Miami Marlins are at #28. They can't draw a capacity greater than a high school JV game. It's pathetic how bad the fanbase is their in Miami, but they are at least consistent according to Emory U. So essentially there are a lot of truths to this data, represented by a simple list, but not everything is taken into account. You can take a look at their data on the website I linked above.
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