Is the Reported Drop in Major League Baseball Attendance a “Signal” or “Noise” in the Data?


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Is the Reported Drop in Major League Baseball Attendance a “Signal” or “Noise” in the Data?

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Mark Graban
Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and professional speaker, and podcaster with experience in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. Mark's new book is The Mistakes That Make Us: Cultivating a Culture of Learning and Innovation. He is also the author of Measures of Success: React Less, Lead Better, Improve More, the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, and the anthology Practicing Lean. Mark is also a Senior Advisor to the technology company KaiNexus.


  1. I like how you framed the data several ways, Mark. It proves out the old adage, “There’s lies, damn lies, and statistics.” ;-) Overall, I think the data points to noise in the system, especially when viewed since 1980. With so many variables at play it’s very hard to pinpoint root causes for this specific season – I believe there are many – but I do believe one responder is onto at least one special cause for this season’s lower attendance – the cold weather early in the year that led to, I think, the most cancellations of games in the past 30 years, not to mention low attendance for games that weren’t cancelled.

    Overall – this is noise.


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