Month: October 2017

United 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 United League (IND) was an independent professional baseball league founded in 2006. Its teams were based in Texas and the league merged with the Northern League and the Golden Baseball League to form the North American League from 2011–2012. However, after the North American League folded at the end of the 2012 season, United League was reformed. It dissolved for a second time in January 2015 after playing the 2013 and 2014 seasons.

Below is the fan attendance for the entire league from 2011 to 2012.

 

League Sport Season # of Teams Team Change Games Games Change Total Attendance TA Change Average Attendance AA Change Source
United League (Ind) Baseball 2006 6 USA untracked 263 untracked 475,755 untracked 1,809 untracked http://www.numbertamer.com/files/2007_Minor_League_PDF.pdf
United League (Ind) Baseball 2007 6 USA 0.00% 268 1.88% 549,014 15.40% 2,049 13.27% http://www.numbertamer.com/files/2007_Minor_League_PDF.pdf
United League (Ind) Baseball 2008 6 USA 0.00% 248 -7.46% 503,351 -8.32% 2,030 -0.93% http://www.numbertamer.com/files/2009_Minor_League_Analysis.pdf
United League (Ind) Baseball 2009 6 USA 0.00% 217 -12.51% 398,526 -20.83% 1,837 -9.51% http://www.numbertamer.com/files/2009_Minor_League_Analysis.pdf
United League (Ind) Baseball 2010 6 USA 0.00% 255 17.57% 483,069 21.21% 1,894 3.10% http://www.numbertamer.com/files/2011_Minor_League_Analysis.pdf
United League (Ind) Baseball 2013 6 USA 0.00% 188 -26.30% 230,269 -52.33% 1,225 -35.32% http://www.numbertamer.com/files/2013_Minor_League_Analysis.pdf

 

The United League recruited college, ex-major and ex-minor league players. Former affiliated-league players that get injured or have other circumstances would also join the ULB as an opportunity to get resigned by major league organizations. Other players consisted 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.

United Football League Attendance 2009 to 2012

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 United Football League (UFL) was a professional football league which began play in 2009. It lasted almost four seasons, folding in 2012.  It played most of its games in markets where the National Football League had no presence.

Below is the fan attendance for the entire league from 2009 to 2012.

 

League Sport Season # of Teams Team Change Games Games Change Total Attendance TA Change Average Attendance AA Change Source
United Football League American Football 2009 4 USA untracked 6 untracked 111,654 untracked 9,305 untracked kenn.com
United Football League American Football 2010 5 USA 25.00% 10 66.67% 300,007 168.69% 15,000 61.20% kenn.com
United Football League American Football 2011 4 USA -20.00% 8 -20.00% 155,579 -48.14% 14,144 -5.71% kenn.com
United Football League American Football 2012 4 USA 0.00% 8 0.00% 30,174 -80.61% 4,311 -69.52% kenn.com

 

The UFL primarily consisted of players who had at one time or another played for an NFL team. Although the league had no connection with the NFL, and had never intended to foster any such connection, some speculated that it could have become a minor or “developmental” league for the NFL.

Texas 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 Texas League (TL) is an affiliated Double-A professional baseball league re-founded in 1902 (it originally started in 1888). It operates mostly in the Southern United States. It serves mostly in cities not served by MLB teams or their other 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
Texas League (AA) Baseball 2006 8 USA untracked 541 untracked 2,842,013 untracked 5,253 untracked http://www.numbertamer.com/files/2007_Minor_League_PDF.pdf
Texas League (AA) Baseball 2007 8 USA 0.00% 524 -3.14% 2,814,114 -0.98% 5,370 2.23% http://www.numbertamer.com/files/2007_Minor_League_PDF.pdf
Texas League (AA) Baseball 2008 8 USA 0.00% 550 4.95% 3,129,865 11.22% 5,691 5.98% http://www.numbertamer.com/files/2009_Minor_League_Analysis.pdf
Texas League (AA) Baseball 2009 8 USA 0.00% 543 -1.27% 2,964,170 -5.29% 5,459 -4.08% http://www.numbertamer.com/files/2009_Minor_League_Analysis.pdf
Texas League (AA) Baseball 2010 8 USA 0.00% 540 -0.55% 2,942,930 -0.72% 5,450 -0.16% http://www.numbertamer.com/files/2011_Minor_League_Analysis.pdf
Texas League (AA) Baseball 2011 8 USA 0.00% 542 0.37% 2,822,109 -4.11% 5,207 -4.46% http://www.numbertamer.com/files/2011_Minor_League_Analysis.pdf
Texas League (AA) Baseball 2012 8 USA 0.00% 549 1.29% 2,834,864 0.45% 5,164 -0.83% http://www.numbertamer.com/files/2013_Minor_League_Analysis.pdf
Texas League (AA) Baseball 2013 8 USA 0.00% 541 -1.46% 2,815,133 -0.70% 5,204 0.77% http://www.numbertamer.com/files/2013_Minor_League_Analysis.pdf

 

The Double-A classification usually hosts developing players that have been part of professional baseball for only a couple of years. These players can get to the Double-A level by earning a promotion from any of the Single-A or Rookie leagues. Players often advance directly to the majors from this level, as the level of competition is higher. Because they are still advancing in their careers, the average talent level of Double-A may be higher than in Triple-A, which has minor and major league veterans who have been in the minor league system for a longer period of time and may have stagnated.

Southern Professional Hockey 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  Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) is an independent professional hockey league founded in 2004. It operates primarily in the southwestern United States, expanding to the Midwest recently. The cities the SPHL play in are not served by any NHL team 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
SPHL (Southern Professional Hockey League) (Ind) Ice Hockey 2005-06 7 USA untracked 196 untracked 533,188 untracked 2,720 untracked Lennier
SPHL (Southern Professional Hockey League) (Ind) Ice Hockey 2006-07 8 USA 14.29% 209 6.63% 624,017 17.04% 2,985 9.73% Lennier
SPHL (Southern Professional Hockey League) (Ind) Ice Hockey 2007-08 7 USA -12.50% 182 -12.92% 540,477 -13.39% 2,969 -0.54% Lennier
SPHL (Southern Professional Hockey League) (Ind) Ice Hockey 2008-09 6 USA -14.29% 180 -1.10% 525,934 -2.69% 2,921 -1.62% Lennier
SPHL (Southern Professional Hockey League) (Ind) Ice Hockey 2009-10 7 USA 16.67% 196 8.89% 596,049 13.33% 3,041 4.11% Lennier
SPHL (Southern Professional Hockey League) (Ind) Ice Hockey 2010-11 8 USA 14.29% 224 14.29% 618,724 3.80% 2,762 -9.17% Lennier
SPHL (Southern Professional Hockey League) (Ind) Ice Hockey 2011-12 9 USA 12.50% 252 12.50% 704,664 13.89% 2,796 1.23% Lennier
SPHL (Southern Professional Hockey League) (Ind) Ice Hockey 2012-13 9 USA 0.00% 252 0.00% 706,819 0.31% 2,804 0.29% Lennier

 

The Southern Professional Hockey League is populated by Free Agents recruited from colleges, junior leagues, and other minor leagues. Since none of the SPHL Teams are not affiliated with the NHL, the primary focus was on team success instead of player development.