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  • Jul 22, 2011
    12:15 PM ET

    The Best Baseball Teams for Ticket Bargains

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    Derek Jeter reaching the 3,000-hits milestone hasn’t been enough to entice fans out to the ballpark this season. Baseball ticket prices on the secondary market have dropped 6% on average since the start of the season, and Yankees tickets in particular have dropped nearly 50%.

    Attendance often falls off if a favored team hasn’t done as well as expected or doesn’t have any exciting matches coming up, and as we report today, fans are also facing higher box office prices than in previous years. “There’s a lot of competition for that entertainment buck right now and baseball really bears the brunt of it,” says Jon Greenberg, executive editor of Team Marketing Report. With that slump in demand, ticket prices on secondary sites have gotten cheaper. (See the list below for teams with the cheapest seats for the rest of the season, and the most expensive.) Growing e-ticketing options have fueled the trend by allowing fans to wait until the very last minute — just hours before the game starts — to buy. Buyers are motivated to wait, and sellers, to drop prices at the last minute to unload seats.

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