Tampa Bay Rays' attendance tanks as team builds best record in baseball

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It only took a week.

On April 23rd, the Rays sat 17th in the majors in attendance. On May 4, after a pair of mid-week series against AL West opponents, they now sit 28th…despite the best record in baseball.

While the Rays (20,111) are still averaging more fans per game than the White Sox (19,911) and Indians (14,486), they may only be a warm May in the Midwest away from falling into last.

The good news for Tampa Bay’s bottom line (and future earnings) is that their television ratings are soaring again.

Via Noah Pransky’s Shadow of the Stadium blog.

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