August 30, 2011 |
Clayton Kershaw leads the National League in strikeouts and innings pitched. Only Ian Kennedy, who pitches for a first-place team, has as many victories. Only Johnny Cueto, who has pitched almost 60 fewer innings, has a lower earned-run average. Only Roy Halladay has pitched more complete games. But only 29,764 fans were said to be in the stands Monday at Dodger Stadium to witness Kershaw's latest masterpiece, a 4-1 complete-game victory over the San Diego Padres -- and based on the numerous blocks of empty seats, that attendance figure appeared to be grossly inflated.
July 13, 2011 |
All those empty seats at the Women's World Cup semifinals Wednesday stirred visions of Dodger Stadium. … The play of Abby Wambach and Team USA did not. … ESPN's Ian Darke , alluding to the last time the U.S. won this competition, said the Americans hope to "party like it's 1999," which surely brought a frown from goaltender Hope Solo . … "To be honest," she says, "we're tired of hearing about '99. It's time for a...
May 31, 2011 |
Chavez Ravine, the little kingdom on the hill overlooking Los Angeles, was once the playground of the gods -- Sandy Koufax, Don Drysdale, Mike Piazza -- and home to some of baseball's most loyal fans. Today, fans are fleeing in droves. Through Sunday, attendance was down 7,013 per game, 196,367 for the season. In a tough economy, nearly half the Major League teams have suffered attendance drops. But nothing like the Dodgers' slide. On average, league attendance has fallen 302. The Angels, for example, are down 576 fans per game.
May 11, 2011 |
Hoping to boost concert attendance in a hobbled economy, Ticketmaster parent Live Nation Entertainment Inc., is joining with the popular online deals site Groupon to launch a discount ticket site for live events. Dubbed GrouponLive, the service, expected to launch in June, is aimed at easing both the perennial problem of filling empty seats at concerts and sporting events, including last year's big drop in attendance that prompted numerous cancellations and left promoters with a hefty number of unsold tickets toward the end of summer.
April 1, 2011 |
It started with the starting lineup, Don Mattingly forgoing the usual manager's trot to home plate, instead running down the third base line to shake hands with all the reserves and club personnel who had been introduced before him. I've never seen that before, have you? It closed with the chilling closer, Jonathan Broxton giving up a liner into the left-field seats but somehow managing to trudge off the mound in possession of both his skin and a save. It feels as though I've never seen that before, either.
February 8, 2011 |
The woes of the $22-billion U.S. live event business can be boiled down to one statistic: 20% to 40% of seats for many concerts and sports games go unsold. A remedy to fill some of those seats may be reverse scalping: A market in which fans can bid below the ticket's face value, a sort of Priceline for live events. That, at any rate, is the idea behind ScoreBig, an online ticketing service based in Hollywood that has about 500,000 tickets for sale on any given day ? enough to fill 10 Yankee Stadiums.