Baseball participation and opening day April 6, 2015

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Baseball participation

With Major League Baseball season starting April 9th HardballTalk writer Craig Calcaterra wrote an article quoting the SFIA with research done by Sports Marketing Surveys USA. Calcaterra touches on an article saying “baseball is dying” and the research numbers quoted show that participation has declined.

“Participation in all sports has dropped by more than 9 percent nationwide over the past five years, according to an annual study by the Sports and Fitness Industry Association. Only lacrosse has shown double-digit growth over that period. Participation dropped 3 percent, basketball fell by 2 percent, and football lost 5 percent of its tackle players and 7 percent of touch players. About half of American children do not participate in any team sport”

Calcaterra writes that although the sport has known that it is facing challenges it won’t be going away without a fight.

 

To read the rest of the article see below

 

http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2015/04/06/baseball-is-dying-you-guys-8/

 

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