Average attendance for the last 10 home dates of the Rays, Indians, A’s in 2013 as all three play for October:
Tampa Bay Cleveland Oakland
16, 355 18,253 23,312
“There is little question that two of the situations are solvable,” says one baseball official. “Give the Rays and A’s ballparks, and they instantly become viable revenue-generating franchises, especially the A’s. But I’m not certain the Indians situation is solvable.”
For those who go back to the 1990s, when The Jake sold out every game, remember these two vital realities: 1. There was no NFL competition then, and 2. The demographics of the city 20 years ago were vastly different. The official simply isn’t certain the city can maintain an NFL and MLB franchise at the same time, and Cleveland clearly is a football city.