Originally Posted by dougdirt
It wasn't about being mad at them, it was about Dayton being really bad in 2010 (53-85) and 2009 (59-80). If you knew that was the team you would be getting, would you be lining up to sign them up knowing that you have to sell tickets to make money? From a business perspective, I wouldn't. These minor league franchises are in the business of making money. A lot of these towns want to see the team win. They don't care about the development of the players like we do. They are Bakersfield fans, not Reds fans (or whatever city).
What's interesting from a sports-business perspective is that it's been proven time and time again that "win-loss" record is not nearly as important as "ballpark experience" in terms of attendance at minor league baseball games. Does having a winning team help? Yes, but it's been proven it has a very-negligible effect. Exciting, young prospects are more-important than winning on the attendance scale ... and then No. 1 by far is ballpark experience. The Dayton Dragons could write the handbook on this theory, but it applies to every team across the nation. Some just do it much better than others. And yes, some places of the country (like Dayton, OH) are just better baseball towns than others (like Bakersfield, CA). But there have been years the Dragons have been dreadful on the field, but they still packed the place every night because it was a fun place to take the fam.
So, when a minor league baseball owner/operator blames the MLB club for his team not drawing well, he should look in the mirror. He needs to do more fan-friendly things at the park. This is not the Major Leagues where all that really matters is wins and losses. The minor leagues are all about developing players and allowing the fans to have a great time while at the game. Wins and losses are nothing more than gravy at the MiLB level. (But I do love me some gravy.)