Brandon Miller's In My Opinion: Miami not a good market for sports teams
by Brandon Miller
bmiller@annistonstar.com
Jun 14, 2013 | 1197 views |  0 comments | 107 107 recommendations | email to a friend | print
It’s a good thing the Heat bandwagon is so large, because the simple truth is not many people in Miami care about sports.

While that’s a very general statement, numbers don’t lie, folks. And let me hit with a few of them.

Looking at the percentage of attendance for American Airlines Arena, the Heat isn’t doing bad. Miami has a 102 percentage in filling up its arena, which means it’s beyond selling out every night on average. And yet, Chicago and Dallas somehow have better averages.

However, when you move to baseball and the NFL, a lot of people dress as empty seats.

The Marlins, which got a new ballpark before the 2012 season, have trouble filling up half their stadium, sitting at 46.5 percent. That’s 27th in the MLB with Houston, Seattle and Cleveland behind them.

Then there are the Dolphins, which sit last in the NFL with 76.3 percent. To give comparison, Miami’s away percentage is 97.9, which is honestly shocking.

The percentages only explanation is there are too many other things people would rather do in Miami, which actually makes a lot of sense. However, if attendances are down, move the teams to somewhere they’d be up.

It’s all about markets, and Miami isn’t a good one. New York and Los Angeles don’t have problems, and there’s plenty to do in both, as well.

Sports Writer Brandon Miller: 256-235-3575. On Twitter @bmiller_star.
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