Photo of Frank McCourt, former owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers. 

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2011 has been a rough year for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Amid Frank Mccourt's ongoing divorce, the team is facing bankruptcy. The franchise is not sitting very well in the eye of Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig.

On top of all of this chaos, one of the most iconic MLB stadiums cannot seem to draw large crowds like many years past. The LA Times reports that Dodger Stadium has seen a 9.4% drop in revenue from the 2010 season, a sum that totals $27M. But let's be honest. Many of these problems would cease to exist had the Dodgers performed well this season. As of today, the Dodgers are 13 games back on the division lead and ten games below .500.

Additionally, Dodger Stadium has received a bad reputation and stigma after the Opening Day hospitalization of San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow. Many fans, especially visiting fans, now fear for their safety. As we have stated previously, fans constantly feel the need to criticize the big market franchises for the way they spend their money on high-priced free agent talent. But it's the mentality of the fan that needs to change. Going to the ballpark should be fun, win or lose, no matter how good or bad your team is. Higher attendances = more revenue = higher payroll. Simple as that.

 

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