Originally Posted by doublem23
Because they know the team has to be somewhat competitive to draw.
The Cubs are already arguably the more exciting team in Chicago NOW, just imagine if the Sox went out and punted the next 2-3 seasons in the hope of rebuilding. Hello 15K per night!
This should be split off into its own thread.
I know it's the conventional wisdom, but do the Sox and Cubs really
compete for attendance?
I wouldn't take free tickets to Wrigley, and the Cub fans I know wouldn't take free tickets to the Cell. I don't believe there are a lot of casual baseball fans in Chicago who will go to the games of whichever team is playing well.
The Sox attendance depends on how well the Sox do, and even if they're contending the Cub fans won't come to the park.
The Cubs attendance depends on how well the Cubs do. And tourism -- people come to see their ballpark, and pity them.