I'm curious as to how much the payroll is for the team? And I'm also curious as to what the average attendance is for a Pirates game? I don't know that much about either statistic but the ownership of the Pirates confuses me.
The Steelers and Pens are huge to the city and heavily supported within Pittsburgh and also heavily supported throughout the states as well. Why not field a competitive team? To me it seems like they would bring in more money with the examples that the other two major sports franchises set and also get the respect from the city and the fanbase, which would translate to more ticket and merchandise sales.
When you win, or when you lose yet show that you've put an effort into winning, doesn't that equate to more dollars??
What am I missing here???