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Depending on how you look at it, I guess. From this point last year, total paid attendance is down 5.9%, from about 31,600 per game to 29,800 per game. That’s not good, but it’s pretty much in line with preseason expectations.

If there’s a catch, it’s that the two biggest decliners are the Yankees and Mets — as you probably could have figured if you’ve been following this. Both, of course, are due to smaller capacities and exponentially higher ticket prices. So despite the raw attendance declines, both will see massive revenue growth at the gate relative to last year.

If we eliminate those two, the decline shrinks to 4.6%. Still not good, but not catastrophically bad either.

I’ll have more on this on BP later in the week. The key number may not actually be attendance, but ticket prices, which may see big declines in the second half.

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