We are sixty plus games into the MLB season, and some interesting trends have developed in the secondary ticket market. Take a look at the graph below:
MLB Average Ticket Prices vs. Team's Win Total
Now look at the same graph, but ordered by Win Total:
More interesting is the high disparity between win totals (as of June 16th, 2012) and ticket prices for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago Cubs. Dodger's tickets are averaging a dismal $34 on the secondary market, despite their MLB leading record.
On the other hand, Chicago Cub's tickets are fetching an average $85 on the secondary market. However, the Chicago Cubs have the worst record in all of baseball. In just the last seven days, Cub's tickets averaged $71 while losing five of seven games.
24/7 Wall Street comments that these exorbitant prices can be explained by "the long-term popularity of the team, the historical size of its fan base, the availability of seating."
At this point, you are probably still asking yourself, "Am I overpaying for baseball tickets?" On a relative basis, small to mid-market teams offer the best value based on winning percentage and ticket pricing.
|MLB Team||Avg. Ticket Price||Win Total|
|Los Angeles Dodgers||34.182656||42|
|Los Angeles Angels||35.674753||36|
|Tampa Bay Rays||46.952045||37|
|Kansas City Royals||36.919913||29|
|San Francisco Giants||56.256012||37|
|St Louis Cardinals||54.844703||34|
|Chicago White Sox||62.334526||35|
|New York Yankees||81.985285||40|
|Toronto Blue Jays||72.662775||34|
|San Diego Padres||51.863266||24|
|New York Mets||76.508203||35|
|Boston Red Sox||94.757464||33|
Nonetheless, the New York Yankees secondary market tickets offer a better value than most other teams. Data by SeatGeek shows that 66.39% of Yankees tickets are sold at a price under face value.
Ultimately, the value needs to be determined on a case by case basis. Check out SeatGeek to see how ticket pricing is trending based on matchup and face value.
Lastly, another interesting trend is how drastically ticket prices have changed over the last two years. The graph below depicts ticket prices for the first two and half months of the 2010 and 2012 season.
Across the MLB, 2012 prices are on average $53.17, representing a 19.89% increase from 2010.
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