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TV audiences up slightly for the Blue Jays


TV audiences up slightly for the Blue Jays
Fans haven't been flocking to the ballpark to watch the Jays , but they have been tuning in their TV sets.

Attendance at the Rogers Centre has dropped almost 6,500 per game, but Rogers Sportsnet reports that ratings for Blue Jays national broadcasts were up 6 per cent in the first month of the season.

While that's not a huge increase considering the team's improved record, it has come without benefit of games against usual ratings-drivers New York and Boston.

Last year, Jays broadcasts on Sportsnet averaged 293,000 viewers with two series against the Red Sox and one against the Yankees.

This year, Sportsnet is averaging 310,000, even though the Jays didn't play one American League East rival in April.

The Jays , who finished last April with an 11-17 record compared to this year's 15-9, have experienced one of the biggest attendance decreases in the major leagues. Average attendance has dropped from 26,864 to 20,396, the third-worst drop in Baseball.

RICHMOND HONOURED: Jays right-hander Scott Richmond was named AL rookie of the month yesterday. The award follows an April in which he went 3-0 in four starts with a 2.70 ERA, walking 10 batters and striking out 20.

Chris Zelkovich, Morgan Campbell


Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: May 6, 2009

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