QUICK NOTE ON ATTENDANCE: Last night, the Indians announced an attendance of 9,311 at Progressive Field. That was seen as a good thing. That’s because Tuesday’s crowd of 8,848 was the second-lowest in stadium history. Many were outraged. But really, it’s all all right and we will all be OK.
Welcome to 2014, where the Indians are celebrating the 20th anniversary of the opening of Progressive Field as well as their 12th straight season of sub-30,000 attendance. The “honeymoon effect” of the shiny new downtown ballpark is all over. The stadium is now regarded as slightly below average in terms of age and overall look-and-feel.
— Jacob Rosen (@WFNYJacob) April 23, 2014
That’s where life is today for the Tribe. We all better get used to it. Specifically, attendance sucks in April. It’s pretty terrible. That’s how it works for teams in the cold and unpleasant Midwest. In general, attendance also isn’t too hot from Monday-Thursday on any given week throughout the year. That logically spells trouble for mid-week April games against mid-market teams like Kansas City.
— Jacob Rosen (@WFNYJacob) April 23, 2014
But what does it all mean?! Not much. I’ve written about Indians attendance many times before (here, here and here) and don’t really care for writing much more about it. My undergraduate thesis was on minor league baseball attendance, so yes, I’ve analyzed this field and read up quite a bit on the topic.
Again, this segment is just to note that I’m not surprised. The Indians of the late ’90s had an amazing run. That will never, ever be the scene for Cleveland baseball again. The team knows this, for better and for worse, and they’re working on new strategies to make it fun and exciting anyway. Fans should know this too and stop acting so stupidly shocked at every single turn.
ARENA IN AKRON: Exciting news in the 330 yesterday: The city, county and the University of Akron are teaming up for a new downtown arena. For years, as the Akron Zips men’s basketball team got better and better, this was seen as a major need for the university. This plan might actually be creative enough to finally make it happen.
Crain’s Cleveland’s Timothy Magaw has the details: an $80 million, 9,000-seat arena that would be funded by a 0.25% increase in the county’s sales and use tax, which will be placed on the ballot in November. The university has been in some financial difficulties of late, so it was expected they’d have little financial weight. The county would officially own the arena.
It is expected to be located across the street from Canal Park, home of the Akron RubberDucks. The arena also would serve as a new venue space for downtown Akron, which sorely lacks any state-of-the-art facility. If this all works out, it could be really, really neat to see the future development of downtown around Canal Park and the arena, much like Gateway.
WHO IS FELIX SALMON? Y’all know I love me some data journalism and media news. Yesterday’s big splash: Reuters finance writer Felix Salmon is officially headed to Fusion (?), a millennial-focused cable network owned by ABC and Univision.
The eye-catching line that Salmon used to conclude his Medium post and promptly led to a chorus of FASCINATING-esque tweets:
But the core of what I do at Fusion will be post-text. Text has had an amazing run, online, not least because it’s easy and cheap to produce. When it comes to digital storytelling, however, the possibilities — at least if you have the kind of resources that Fusion has — are much, much greater. I want to do immersive digital stuff, I want to make animations, I want to use video, I want to experiment with new ways of communicating in a new medium. I can do all of that at Fusion.
Is text dead? Is it better to be unshackled from the confines of traffic-based revenue maximization? Is there actually a potential for attracting millennials consistently to a cable network’s brand? We’re left with lots of questions. This was a shocker.
CAVS BLOGGERS EVERYWHERE: Red Right 88’s Thomas Moore organized a roundtable with five Cavs bloggers: Brendan Bowers, Demetri Inembolidis, Michael Mayer, Wade Foley and our very own Ben Cox. You should check this out.
CHAOS IN PACERS-LAND: There was a major #WOJBOMB late on Tuesday night: Indiana’s Lance Stephenson and Evan Turner exchanged some blows after a practice last week, reported Yahoo’s Adrian Wojanrowski.
The article noted that “These scrapes aren’t uncommon in the NBA.” It certainly will remind Cavalier fans of the reported altercation during a players-only meeting way, way back in November.
TWEETS OF THE WEEK: I’ve been having fun with this segment the past few Thursdays, so let’s keep it going, shall we? Here are some of my favorite bad, good, amusing and whatever type of tweets from the past week. They’re all over the place. There’s no rhyme or reason for why I selected these tweets. As always, they’re not necessarily endorsements, but I’m just throwing out there for your amusement and comments.
Tyler Zeller is currently the third oldest Cavalier. Next season will be his third in the NBA.
— FearTheSword (@FearTheSword) April 19, 2014
And Akron's spring game just finished 3-3. Feel the #maction
— Dan Kadar (@MockingTheDraft) April 19, 2014
Baseball is the worst twitter sport, its the one that requires the most patience and waiting. Where twitter turns on a dime to angry mobs
— jeff ellis (@jeffMLBdraft) April 20, 2014
Finally saw Draft Day. My review: Dumb, cheesy, but still kinda loved it. Oh, and Sonny Weaver Jr. should absolutely be fired.
— TenCentBeers (@TenCentBeers) April 21, 2014
The cartoon in today's Dispatch is great: pic.twitter.com/4xvwTuuEBU
— J. Daniel Rollins (@JDanielRollins) April 21, 2014
— Nat (@natt0) April 21, 2014
btw, while i think tressel isn’t a university president, i’d be curious to see how he’d run the ncaa. i wish i was joking.
— Bomani Jones (@bomani_jones) April 22, 2014
Just a reminder that Dame is 2 years older than Kyrie.
— Jozeff Gebolys (@ZeffreyG) April 24, 2014