Television and Minor League Baseball

  title={Television and Minor League Baseball},
  author={David George Surdam},
  journal={Journal of Sports Economics},
  pages={61 - 77}
  • D. Surdam
  • Published 1 February 2005
  • History
  • Journal of Sports Economics
Minor league baseball flourished in the aftermath of World War II. However, a new technology, television, threatened to broadcast major league games across America. The minor leagues contracted by over a third between 1949 and 1953. Was television the culprit as baseball historians suggest? The diffusion of television does not perfectly match the contraction of the minor leagues. Statistical analysis of television’s effects on minor league teams’ survivability and on surviving teams’ attendance… 

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