Major League Baseball Expansions and Relocations: A History, by Jr. Frank P. Jozsa, Larry Schroeder

By Jr. Frank P. Jozsa, Larry Schroeder

This learn considers the significance of position for brand spanking new and relocated significant league franchises within the greater than a hundred thirty years because the nationwide League used to be based. incorporated are an research of marketplace ameliorations and similarities, group performances and demographics and sector monetary comparisons. marketplace information are used to foretell destiny expansions and relocations of significant league groups.

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Since the popular American Royal Livestock Show had been performed in Kansas City for approximately 70 years, Kaufman decided to name his club the Kansas City Royals. Through the 2008 season, the Royals had won seven West Division titles and two AL pennants, and in 1985, a World Series. In sum, why did MLB select the Kansas City area to be a site for an AL expansion team in 1969? These factors include this area being the home to a former AL team for 13 years; Senator Symington’s implicit threat to challenge baseball’s antitrust exemption in the federal courts; the availability of a well-known big league stadium in the city; baseball’s confidence, respect, and trust in Ewing Kaufman as a franchise owner; and to complete the league’s organizational plans of expanding the AL and NL by two teams each in 1969.

Indeed, the number increased from 15,750 per game in 1982 at Exhibition Stadium to 50,500 in 1994 at the Skydome. After 1994, however, the Blue Jays’ attendance per game tended to decline until 2002. But since then, attendance has risen to approximately 30,000 spectators at each game in the 50,500-seat Rogers Centre. 1 million fans who had enthusiastically attended home games at the Skydome in 1993. Although the AL’s East Division is regarded as the most competitive in MLB, the Blue Jays organization has prospered while located in the GTA.

Fourth, the ballparks of MLB clubs in urban communities and neighborhoods were apparently adequate in providing amenities that satisfied groups of baseball officials, players and fans. Therefore, the conditions and conveniences of these facilities did not create enough competition among baseball’s franchisees within the AL and NL for them to seek additional revenues from their operations and venues besides the money they received from advertising, ticket sales and concessions, and from partnerships, sponsors, and local radio stations.

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