Ticket Sales Strong, seldom interests

There is good news and bad news for World Baseball Classic, good news is Ticket sales very strong on the first day, bad news is seldom adult baseball fans in US interested it.

According to MLB.com, fans purchased 60 percent of the available tickets for the semi-finals and finals of the World Baseball Classic to be held on March 18 and March 20, 2006 at PETCO Park in San Diego on the first day of ticket sales.

“We are very pleased with today’s overwhelmingly positive response and we look forward to staging this great international event,” said Paul Archey, Senior Vice President of International Business Operations for Major League Baseball.

Based on San Diego Union-Tribune, more than 8,000 three-game strips were sold in the first hour on www.padres.com and more than 12,000 three-game strips were sold overall. Prices for the strips range from $51 to $180.

“This surpassed our expectations and hopes,” said Jeff Overton, the Padres’ executive vice president of communications. “We’re very happy. We know it’s a terrific event, but there is not a lot of (notice) with it right now.”

However, even through much promotion, marketing from all star games, winter meeting till now, and several stars including Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez, Albert Pujols and Derek Jeter who have committed to playing, it still failed to catch the public’s fancy.

A USA TODAY/CNN/Gallup poll revealed 55% of adult baseball fans in this country have little or no interest in the inaugural World Baseball Classic next March.

The poll, conducted over the phone from December 9 to 11th, asked 480 respondents who called themselves baseball fans to rate their interest in the event. Forty-four percent said they had at least a fair amount of interest. One percent had no opinion.

MLB President Bob DuPuy said considering baseball is out of season and the promotion for this new event had just begun, he was encouraged by the results. “We believe that 44% of those polled showing interest in the event already is a terrific starting point,” DuPuy said.

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