CHICAGO – Major League Baseballs average ticket price stayed flat for the first time in two decades.
The Team Marketing Report said Friday that MLBs average is $26.92 this year, up 1 cent from last season.
The average was $77.36 in the NFL last year and is $57.10 in the NHL and $48.48 in the NBA in their current seasons.
Boston has the highest average for a non-premium ticket at $53.38, followed by the New York Yankees at $51.55. Moving into their new ballpark, the Miami Marlins had the highest rise, a 36.5 percent increase to $26.02.
San Diego has the lowest average at $15.67, just beneath Arizonas $15.74.
Around the leagues
Hall of Fame broadcaster Bob Ueckers son Steve, 52, died from complications related to San Joaquin Valley fever. Hundreds of counterfeit tickets for Cincinnatis opener are believed to have been sold on the streets before the game against Miami. The Reds said 47 such tickets were presented for admission to Thursdays game. Ian Kinsler and Texas were unable to reach an agreement on a long-term contract before opening day, the second basemans self-imposed deadline.
St. Louis placed right-hander Scott Linebrink on the 15-day disabled list because of a problem in his right shoulder and purchased the contract of right-hander Victor Marte from Triple-A Memphis. Houston placed shortstop Jed Lowrie on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right thumb.