Month: April 2017

Atlantic League Attendance 2006 to 2013

One of the defining characteristics of Minor Sports Leagues is that they play to smaller crowds of fans. Minor-Leagues.com has compiled a series of posts that provides details of attendance figures.

The Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (AL) is an independent professional baseball league founded in 1998. It operates in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern United States, especially the greater metropolitan areas of the Northeast megalopolis, with one team located in Texas, mostly in cities not served by MLB teams or their minor league affiliates.

Below is the fan attendance for the entire league from 2006 to 2013.

 

League Sport Season # of Teams Team Change Games Games Change Total Attendance TA Change Average Attendance AA Change Source
Atlantic League (Ind) Baseball 2006 8 USA untracked 477 untracked 1,911,052 untracked 4,006 untracked http://www.numbertamer.com/files/2007_Minor_League_PDF.pdf
Atlantic League (Ind) Baseball 2007 8 USA 0.00% 476 -0.22% 1,976,813 3.44% 4,153 3.67% http://www.numbertamer.com/files/2007_Minor_League_PDF.pdf
Atlantic League (Ind) Baseball 2008 8 USA 0.00% 537 12.82% 2,208,734 11.73% 4,113 -0.96% http://www.numbertamer.com/files/2009_Minor_League_Analysis.pdf
Atlantic League (Ind) Baseball 2009 8 USA 0.00% 533 -0.74% 2,160,993 -2.16% 4,054 -1.43% http://www.numbertamer.com/files/2009_Minor_League_Analysis.pdf
Atlantic League (Ind) Baseball 2010 8 USA 0.00% 535 0.37% 2,151,416 -0.44% 4,021 -0.81% http://www.numbertamer.com/files/2011_Minor_League_Analysis.pdf
Atlantic League (Ind) Baseball 2011 8 USA 0.00% 477 -10.86% 1,948,321 -9.44% 4,085 1.59% http://www.numbertamer.com/files/2011_Minor_League_Analysis.pdf
Atlantic League (Ind) Baseball 2012 8 USA 0.00% 537 12.59% 2,367,578 21.52% 4,409 7.93% http://www.numbertamer.com/files/2013_Minor_League_Analysis.pdf
Atlantic League (Ind) Baseball 2013 8 USA 0.00% 543 1.12% 2,254,554 -4.77% 4,152 -5.83% http://www.numbertamer.com/files/2013_Minor_League_Analysis.pdf

The Atlantic League recruits college, ex-major and ex-minor league players. Former affiliated-league players that get injured or have other circumstances join the AL as an opportunity to get resigned by major league organizations. Other players consist of college players that were not drafted into MiLB, but seek the opportunity to be seen by major league scouts and possibly get signed by major league organizations. Other former MLB players join the AA as a way to stay involved in baseball after their career as a major league player, often as coaches and managers.

When Atlantic League professionals are signed by MLB clubs, they usually start in their Double-A or Triple-A affiliates. The Atlantic League is generally regarded as the most successful and highest level of baseball among independent leagues. In 2015, the Atlantic League experienced a watershed moment for independent baseball when it signed a formal agreement with Major League Baseball which put into writing the rules which the ALPB would follow in selling its players’ contracts to MLB clubs and their affiliates. This marked the first time that MLB, which has enjoyed a U.S. Supreme Court-granted antitrust exemption since 1922, had made any formal agreement with or acknowledgment of an independent baseball league.

Arena Football 2 Attendance 2006 to 2009

One of the defining characteristics of Minor Sports Leagues is that they play to smaller crowds of fans. Minor-Leagues.com has compiled a series of posts that provides details of attendance figures.

Arena Football 2 is a game played indoors on a smaller field than American or Canadian outdoor football, resulting in a faster and higher-scoring game. The sport was invented in 1981, and patented in 1987, by James F. Foster, Jr., a former executive of the National Football League and the United States Football League. Though not the only variant of indoor American football, it is the most widely known, and the one on which most other forms of modern indoor football are at least partially based.

The AF2, which started play in 2000 and ceased when its strongest teams was folded into a new Arena Football League in 2010. Like most other minor sports leagues, the AF2 existed to develop football players and also to help players adapt to the style and pace of arena football. In addition, the AF2 was similar to other minor leagues because AF2 teams played in smaller cities and smaller venues. While the AFL was played in cities like Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, Dallas, and Chicago, the AF2 fielded teams in cities which are part of metropolitan statistical areas ranging in size from Milwaukee (with 1,739,497 residents) to Albany, Georgia (with 164,000 residents).

League Sport Season # of Teams Team Change Games Games Change Total Attendance TA Change Average Attendance AA Change Source
AF2 (Arena Football League 2) (AAA) Arena Football 2006 23 USA untracked 184 untracked 922,079 untracked 5,038 untracked ArenaFan
AF2 (Arena Football League 2) (AAA) Arena Football 2007 31 USA 34.78% 248 34.78% 1,126,861 22.21% 4,695 -6.81% ArenaFan
AF2 (Arena Football League 2) (AAA) Arena Football 2008 29 USA -6.45% 232 -6.45% 1,049,402 -6.87% 4,705 0.21% ArenaFan
AF2 (Arena Football League 2) (AAA) Arena Football 2009 26 USA -10.34% 208 -10.34% 867,970 -17.29% 4,641 -1.36% ArenaFan

In 2010 AF2 was dissolved and the strongest franchises became part of a new major Indoor Football league called “Arena Football One”. Legally, Arena Football One, now doing business as the Arena Football League, is an entity independent of the original Arena Football League and AF2 and is made up of former AFL and AF2 teams with several new teams and one team from another league. Unlike the previous Arena Football League and AF2, the new AFL was an entity-model league in which the league owns the individual teams and hires local management groups to operate them, rather than the traditional North American sports league model where each team is a separate business and the league is a non-profit association formed and controlled by the various team owners in order to co-ordinate and govern operations.

Arena Football Attendance 2006 to 2013

One of the defining characteristics of Minor Sports Leagues is that they play to smaller crowds of fans. Minor-Leagues.com has compiled a series of posts that provides details of attendance figures.

The Arena Football League is a game played indoors on a smaller field than American or Canadian outdoor football, resulting in a faster and higher-scoring game. The sport was invented in 1981, and patented in 1987, by James F. Foster, Jr., a former executive of the National Football League and the United States Football League. Though not the only variant of indoor American football, it is the most widely known, and the one on which most other forms of modern indoor football are at least partially based.

The AFL, which started play in 1987 and resumed play under new ownership in 2010. The league has historically had a nationwide footprint and has been recognized as the most prominent professional indoor league in North America, offering higher payment, more widespread media exposure, and a longer history than competing leagues.

League Sport Season # of Teams Team Change Games Games Change Total Attendance TA Change Average Attendance AA Change Source
AFL (Arena Football League) Arena Football 2006 18 USA untracked 144 untracked 1,782,504 untracked 12,379 untracked ArenaFan
AFL (Arena Football League) Arena Football 2007 19 USA 5.56% 144 0.00% 1,887,054 5.87% 12,415 0.29% ArenaFan
AFL (Arena Football League) Arena Football 2008 17 USA -10.53% 136 -5.56% 1,762,263 -6.61% 12,957 4.37% ArenaFan
AFL (Arena Football League) Arena Football 2010 15 USA -11.76% 120 -11.76% 976,307 -44.60% 8,135 -37.22% ArenaFan
AFL (Arena Football League) Arena Football 2011 18 USA 20.00% 162 35.00% 1,335,058 36.75% 8,241 1.30% ArenaFan
AFL (Arena Football League) Arena Football 2012 17 USA -5.56% 152 -6.17% 1,191,844 -10.73% 7,841 -4.85% ArenaFan
AFL (Arena Football League) Arena Football 2013 14 USA -17.65% 126 -17.11% 1,032,636 -13.36% 8,195 4.51% ArenaFan

The AFL did not play a season in 2009 because of financial instability. The AFL suspended the entire 2009 season in order to create “a long-term plan to improve its economic model.” In doing so, the AFL became the second sports league to cancel an entire season, after the National Hockey League cancelled the 2004–05 season because of a lockout. The AFL also became the third sports league to lose its postseason (the first being Major League Baseball, which lost its postseason in 1994 because of a strike). Arena Football maintained some presence in 2009 through the AF2, the AFL’s farm league.

In 2010 AF2 was dissolved and the strongest franchises became part of a new major Indoor Football league called “Arena Football One”. Legally, Arena Football One, now doing business as the Arena Football League, is an entity independent of the original Arena Football League and AF2 and is made up of former AFL and AF2 teams with several new teams and one team from another league. Unlike the previous Arena Football League and AF2, the new AFL was an entity-model league in which the league owns the individual teams and hires local management groups to operate them, rather than the traditional North American sports league model where each team is a separate business and the league is a non-profit association formed and controlled by the various team owners in order to co-ordinate and govern operations.