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I'll bet you could hear your echo in Dolphin Stadium

Mini-rant warning here.

Maybe it's because I'm something of a traditionalist but I've been of the opinion that there are way too many franchises in pro sports (with the notable exception of the NFL which could probably flourish in a domed algae-harvesting farm at the bottom of the Indian Ocean).

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But look at baseball in Florida as an example. The Associated Press reporter covering the Rockies-Marlins game in Miami wrote that the announced attendance for last night's game (a 6-3 Colorado win) was 11,534 but that actual number of warm bodies in attendance was probably fewer than 3,000.  Over on the west side of the state, the the Devil Rays were at home against Toronto (the Blue Jays won, 2-0).  The announced attendance there was 10,569 -- and that was probably inflated.  So, at best there were about 14,000 people watching two major league teams in the state of Florida.

It's irrelevant that both clubs are losing franchises. In this day and age, you should get 15,000 people in a ballpark who simply don't like anything on TV that particular night.  End of rant.

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