This should be an aside to Tuesday’s attendance review post. While the comparative average attendance between 2009 and 2010 reveals some pretty shocking numbers (a 31% decline anyone?), there is a silver lining. I’m omitting something important and a shrewd observer was kind enough to point me in the right direction. The average attendance/median attendance numbers have been established but what about the aggregate number of fans per season?
When comparing the total number of fans that attended WPS matches in both 2009 and 2010, the figures actually reveal very little deviation. There’s no massive drop-off at all and in fact, the numbers are almost identical.
The assessment of the 2009 and 2010 seasons is actually quite comparable. Seven teams played in 2009, two teams were introduced in 2010, one team folded in January and Saint Louis folded in May. The Athletica’s four games aren’t significant enough to tip the scales in a meaningful way. Thus, it’s essentially seven teams versus seven teams again.