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Thursday, June 13, 2024

MLB Median Ticket Buyer Down to 43 Years Old

  • The median MLB ticket buyer age has decreased from 46 in 2022 and 49 in 2021.
  • Games are shorter and higher scoring thanks to new rules.
A young fan holds a sign for Julio Rodriguez during the 2023 MLB Home Run Derby.
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The changes MLB made to its product heading into this season are apparently paying dividends with younger audiences.

During media availability with the Baseball Writers of Association before the 2023 All-Star Game, commissioner Rob Manfred said that the median age of MLB ticket-buyers this season is 43 years old — a three-year drop from last season (46) and a six-year drop from 2021 (49).

“I think that’s really important,” Manfred said of the numbers.

Reaching younger fans has been a priority for MLB in recent years, leading the league to implement expansive rule changes to increase scoring and decrease game duration.

It seems to be working, as through the first month of the season, game duration decreased from 3:05 to 2:36. In turn, attendance and viewership were up through the first month of the season, and the league projects a full-season spike in attendance.

Critically, the rule changes have been popular among the players: Among 103 MLB players surveyed in June, a majority rated the new rule changes a four out of five. Many players said the league should increase the time on the pitch clock for the postseason — which Manfred said he’s “open-minded” to.

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