Originally Posted by WMR
I think if you marketed it correctly it could have at least moderate success in drawing fans from surrounding cities and regions. It would hinge on creating fanhood and making attending the game as convenient as possible (bus shuttle service etc.) for people to attend. Look at how the Reds draw from KY, IN, and WV.
It takes a long time to forge that kind of identity towards a team, but it could be done.
Winning would be key.
I think it's a whole lot easier to create regional support for a baseball team than for a basketball team.
First and foremost baseball's schedule is much more conducive to drawing fans from out of town. Most of the MLB season takes place over the summer, the homestands are long and for the most part teams play two or three days in a row which makes it easy to plan a baseball-centric vacation. Additionally baseball's extensive minor league system allows teams like the Reds to have affiliates in some of the nearby cities, which helps create brand loyalty.