Forget Baseball, Go with Fireworks

An attempt at a positive spin on what will be the Pittsburgh Pirates’ seventeenth consecutive losing season-the longest in major professional sports history-is that attendance is running slightly above last year’s level. A newspaper report notes that through 39 games in 2009, attendance is up 2.4 percent over last season and that Pittsburgh is only one of ten teams to have drawn more fans to date than last year. Overall, attendance across major league teams is down about six percent. But before we start singing "We Are Family", let’s take a more careful look at these figures.

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