Hats off to both Commissioner Selig and Bob DuPuy for their spot-on handling of the suspension in play of Game 5 of the Series. I just read a great article on MLB.com by Barry M. Bloom that says, “Commissioner Selig cited rule 4.12(a)(6) in explaining the suspension of Game 5.” (Bloom, Barry M. “FAQs on the suspended Game 5.” 2008-10-28, MLB.com) You might be familiar with the emphasis I put on references for this blog, so you know I greatly enjoyed seeing the Commissioner cite a specific rule to back up the suspension of play decision. Thankfully that aforementioned rule was enacted just last year, otherwise it could’ve been another case of baseball having to deal with a situation after it happens, instead of having a plan in place beforehand. I think good executives and organizations both plan for contingencies, and back up their decisions with tangible and logical policies and procedures. MLB gets an A+ for not restarting Game 5, and for waiting until weather conditions permit adedquate playing conditions.
Good and bad news about the state of MLB in 2008 so far. A Reuters article by Ben Klayman says that attendance will be up, but gives examples of sports fans who are spending less inside the stadium. Here’s the all-important exact quote from the article featuring MLB President Bob DuPuy:
“Baseball, for example, is on track for attendance topping 80 million and revenue of $6.08 billion, both records, despite “some modest decline” in merchandise sales, MLB President Bob DuPuy said.”(Klayman, Ben. “Sports attendance up, hot dog spending down.” June 30, 2008. Reuters.)
It’s about time more fans wised up to the outrageous in-stadium prices some MLB teams have instituted for years. I know at my local MLB stadium, I almost never buy food or drinks inside the stadium. In fact, between about 2001 and 2005, I would only buy one order of nachos out of the twenty or more games I went to per year because the price was so outrageous (a sort of convoluted combination of a`mini protest/tradition). The point is, it shouldn’t take an economic recession to offer fans a break on food and soda prices. What about beer prices you ask? Well, that’s another issue for another day.
1.) Do you believe MLB teams should lower food and merchandising prices in stadiums during the remainder of the 2008 season?