March 20th in baseball history: Minors make major comeback
Submitted by BTGrimes on Thu, 03/20/2014 - 10:00am
Less is MORE
Senator Johnson's reaction may have been a little hyperbolic, but on this date in 1953 the Colorado democrat introduced a bill that would leave it up to each individual team whether to allow major league broadcasts in minor league towns. Johnson said the broadcasts, many now via television, were destroying minor league baseball in small cities and towns, but is that still the case?
But broadcasting may eventually have breathed life into minor league baseball because it is booming today.
There has been a steady increase in the number of teams and total attendance since the 1960's. In 2008 there were 185 affiliated and independent minor league teams in the U-S and Mexico, and Kronheim's analysis shows an all-time attendance record of 51,576,409 was set - the 24th straight year attendance had gone up. The recession bit into attendance in 2009 (49,609,703) and 2010 (49,537,502), but it is still higher than any year prior to 2006.
And, as MiLB.com likes to point out, minor league baseball outdraws the NFL and the NBA.
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