Today’s Mariner news
(as I sit around hoping someone’ll tell me Snelling’s okay)
So Reese isn’t even hanging out with the team anymore and isn’t expected to put on a M’s uniform again, ever. Bucky’s rehabbing and hitting.
Corey Brock examines the M’s pitching injuries in the News-Tribune.
John Hickey on Spiezio and — well, let him tell it:
There really isn’t a delicate way to phrase it, so let’s just blurt out the question:
Why is Scott Spiezio still a Mariner?
M’s tickets no longer scorching hot by Morosi in the PI is interesting but…
However, attendance has sagged so far from its summit in the not-so-distant past that it may spoil the team’s chance to turn a profit this season.
Come onnnnnnn. Morosi, though, examines this later in the same piece, and it becomes clearer that while that early sentence states that as fact, it’s all in the budgeting.
Without counting on similar boosters this season, the club established its 2005 budget with a projected attendance of 2.5 million. Aylward said the pace is now “at least” 2.6 million, which has left the organization “encouraged at the possibility of turning a profit.”
There’s a reason to attend — encourage the team about their chances of being profitable! Even though there’s really no question about their profitability.
All of that omits the real issue of how much money the team’s really hauling in, but — and I mean no offense to Morosi — I’ve long given up hope of having a local paper really call the team out on their accounting and profit/loss claims. The best I hope for is that (as Morosi does here) they make it clear that the numbers are all created and supplied by the team.
It also doesn’t raise the question of “attendance” versus “butts in seats” which aren’t the same, but it does look at other secondary indicators of popularity, like TV ratings, and examines the possibility of a drop-off.