Indians adding “blogger section”

In an effort to bring in the younger, tech savvy demographic to the ballpark, the Cleveland Indians are creating a small seating area within Progressive Field for bloggers and social media. SportsBusiness Daily has the details, including the Indians’ motivation and new rules.

The free section, part of the Time Warner Cable-sponsored bleacher area and outfitted with wireless Internet access and a TV, is currently being used on an invitation-only basis. But the Indians are currently working with MLBAM on developing an online application process for upcoming games, in effect becoming a press box of sorts for social media users.

It’s unclear whether the Indians want more hardcore Indians fans who happen to be bloggers (awesome), or hipster scenester types (disastrous).

Read the article, then take the poll. If the A’s had a blogger section, where should it be?

12 thoughts on “Indians adding “blogger section”

  1. The Loge boxes come to mind as a potential blogger spot. It’d be easy to manage, but it is kinda far from the action.

  2. I’ve sat in the Loge a few times. Far away and with unforgiving winds. They have used it as a secondary press box at times, especially for Raiders games.

  3. Unused Suite seems most logical, I mean, they do have a ton of em.

  4. ML: “It’s unclear whether the Indians want more hardcore Indians fans who happen to be bloggers (awesome), or hipster scenester types (disastrous).”

    At this point, ML, I suspect Indians’ management doesn’t care. They just want to get some butts into the seats, no matter whether they’re hardcore fans or not. The online Sports Illustrated recently had an interesting tidbit. It seems that within three days last week, Baltimore, Cleveland and Toronto had the lowest attendance ever at a game in their current ballparks. In 1995, these teams ranked 1,2,3 in AL attendance. In 2009, they were 13,9,12, respectively. Guess where the A’s were in that.

    So the glow of a beautiful new park doesn’t last forever. Of course, it doesn’t help if, like Baltimore, the organization doesn’t bother to field a decent team for many years. Cleveland and Toronto are a little more difficult to figure out—the Indians have gone back and forth, and Toronto has been respectable in a tough division—so who knows? My takeaway from this, however, was that if we see this horrible attendance in decent parks, the A’s don’t have a chance without a better facility. There’s another lesson as well. Canada was always suspect when it came to baseball, but Cleveland was one of the stalwarts when it came to fandom. Baltimore, where I lived for several years back when the Orioles were excellent, was much like Oakland. Even with the great teams, attendance in old Memorial Stadium, which was like the Coliseum, was not good. The Orioles, too, failed to sell out playoff games. Camden Yards changed everything, but not it seems, forever, especially in view of the crappy onfield product. The Orioles are dying on the vine. And then there are the Nationals, another team in the area in a new stadium built by taxpayers. Check their attendance.

    Yeah, the A’s desperately need a new facility. But if you look back at the attendance records—and what to me is the damning failure to sell out playoff games—Oakland might be pretty much like Baltimore. Baseball teams moved to the cities after the NFL established itself and the citizenry just never got into baseball that much. I wouldn’t build a new stadium in Oakland, not if it were my money. Those nice stadiums in Baltimore, Cleveland and Toronto were built by taxpayers. The taxpayers are the ones taking it on the chin, not ownership, and not the players. California is smart and way ahead of the curve when it comes to this whole idea of who pays for the stadium, but that means the guy paying the freight has to be very cautious about where he makes that investment. Based on the track record, Wolff would be a fool to build in Oakland. I hope he can get the team moved to San Jose and I hope the team thrives there. It’s been a good, honest organization and it deserves good things. I think the people in the South Bay will appreciate the A’s more than Oakland has. I still recall going to the Coliseum on lovely summer evenings to watch the home team that won 102 games that year perform in front of 15K fans.

    I voted for unused suite, ML. Regardless of where it is, I hope you get a great seat. And I hope it’s free. I’d love to see posts from the Coliseum.

  5. Looks like the Indians have reconciled themselves to the notion that this internet thing is no passing fad. As for where the bloggers should sit, all I can say is that the sorry ass mainstream writers who currently occupy the press box might not want to make themselves to comfortable. Changes are afoot.

  6. > If the A’s had a blogger section, where should it be?

    Across the street from Diridon Station.

  7. @OldBlue – I’ll be happy just to have the privilege of buying season tickets for the next few decades. I spent a brief period working in the media, and I can tell you that I have no interest in hanging out in a press box during a game, even if it meant having access to the athletes. The longer someone stays in the media, the more cynical and jaded he/she gets, and it kills whatever’s left of the little kid soul that grew up loving the game.

  8. Speak of alternative marketing approaches, Moneyball is reported to start shooting this July and (I’m assuming) since it’s an off-beat comedy, will probably get a April-May 2011 release. This doesn’t really coincide with election/ballot season, but I wonder if the buzz about a movie on the A’s will improve their chances of getting a ballpark built in the Bay Area.

  9. Marine Layer, you do realize that your blogger software is hostile to breaking text into paragraphs, don’t you? I do know the English language and I also know how to hit the return key. Unfortunately, whatever I write—and I’ve seen it with others, too—ends up as a great big difficult to read glob of words. Am I doing something wrong here? Anything I can do differently?

  10. I’ve seen others use a period as a blank line. That seems to do the trick as far as a workaround goes.

  11. Getting back to traditional media, do anyone know why Ken Korach doesn’t call televised games? As far as I’m concerned, it’s the best broadcast talent the A’s have. While Ray Fosse and Glen Kuiper get the job done, they really feel like the definition of mediocrity.

  12. @Briggs… Keep Ken on the radio. I mute the TV.

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