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Major League Baseball team struggling to get fans in the seats -- ballparks amid a weak economy and the growing ability to watch games on TV your mobile devices even but.
-- small market team is bucking that trend scoring both on the field and in the stands -- black has a story for us from Miller Park in.
Milwaukee Wisconsin -- Didn't know your brewers fan.
And were on the well you know I yeah I'm a fan of the -- ballpark MA live in Chicago but I'll tell you I don't think there's any better place to watch a ball game than this stadium look at this place.
It -- credible even if it snows here today there will be baseball tonight and that's a good news to the man who is the chief operating officer of the brewers.
-- -- here I've also got the mayor of Milwaukee with me Tom Barrett who they tried to make governor here.
Little while ago but that that's -- dot that they're gonna overthrow the got well the -- -- -- a lot better than I did so let's just let's talk about the brewers today I will stick to the brewers a Ricky you're the guy in charge of making this all work in terms of dollars.
What's your secret if we look at just look at the attendance numbers I -- -- up there can we throw the numbers up because Major League Baseball attendance has sagged this year.
And people thought maybe you have a good year with that the problems with pro football and -- now basketball.
It's sag but not UN -- other small market teams that Rangers -- -- that Cleveland Indians are up you know small market teams are up.
Well we have a great ballpark fans of the state Wisconsin help pay for this ballpark -- a great team Doug Belden and his baseball staff -- done a great job.
And we've really try to make this an inviting family friendly safe warm atmosphere and it's really -- get rid of your shoulder their talk about family friendly -- I love to look at that we are almost like and we should go down that slide there are maybe get the mayor to go down the slide.
All sorts of -- that happens out here -- it because there's a lot of else to do in north.
-- -- but I do want to keep with the funny you know the thing is it hard core standards here to watch the baseball game but there's a lot of fans here who want to watch the game but maybe don't have young kids that wanna do something else so we wanna have a lot of things from the do keep them entertained.
It's -- and after three hours and maybe -- -- watching it for every second but we wanna have them having fun what you're doing different things saying.
mayor I'd be remiss if I didn't ask you about.
-- a little bit about politics I mean obviously.
They say it's a more friendly business environment I won't ask Rick if He feels it's more friendly now but.
-- your seat up for your demand who ran against Scott Walker for governor.
Is this more friendly business environment now that it once was certainly from a sports businesses standpoint it's very friendly because you've got a team here.
We just plain phenomenally and you you really have an ownership team that's committed you've got to.
Administrative team that's committed that.
Managerial team is committed the players have been phenomenal.
And in the fans absolutely.
Love the fans are in love with the Milwaukee Brewers it is true jump -- before we get where walk over here with me because I tell you I love to look at that you know when I'm down on the -- -- we don't get a chance to be down on the feel very often but I look how this works look at this this is the way they rotate the advertisements.
You have very few limited.
Revenue stream -- don't have the same revenue stream.
That like the Yankees have right right -- -- market a good radio TV right -- obviously signage is a big part of what we do we do obviously have television radio.
We have partners that help sell that but we saw marketing rights and everything else but.
Others who are trying to balance that we want to have a a tasteful atmosphere but also have to generate revenue to pay for these players whatever they're doing they're doing right.
Tom Barrett likes that -- -- -- doing the job here in Milwaukee I should point out.
Not being a huge baseball.
Aficionado but I do believe there in first place I think.
They're doing great in -- -- -- this is the team to watch rate here okay you've heard it here.
Turn -- we're are in a Wisconsin -- they were protesting outside the capital.
Everyone now is all in agreement Republicans and Democrats alike sitting together.
We didn't remember your your reporting from the capital that's for sure Jeff thank you and that's never -- Best tip right just be in first place with mental help everything and everybody -- -- fun to watch.
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