Apr 4, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; General view of a fan with a hot dog and stadium mustard prior to a game between the Cleveland Indians and the Minnesota Twins at Progressive Field. Cleveland won 7-2. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Indians Attendance, Dollar Dogs, Josh Gordon, Anthony Bennett & Ohio State's Locker Room

When the Cleveland Indians play the Texas Rangers this Friday, expect a larger crowd than usual to pass through the gates at Progressive Field. The Tribe will run its dollar dog promotion, which is a full-proof way to put some butts in the seats.

Crain’s Cleveland published a story Tuesday about the Indians studying attendance through analytics, with the focus being to better cater to the fans actually in attendance.

From dynamic pricing, to promotions, the article covers it all.

The story said that attendance in 2013 for the team’s 13 Friday night home games, at which dollar dogs are a staple in the summer, averaged 25,392.

It’s a trend that’s continued…

“Not counting the home opener…the Indians’ seven Friday home games this season have averaged a crowd of 25,075. The 39 non-Friday games have drawn a norm of 16,618 fans.”

The Tribe hired a 25-year-old Cornell grad who developed a program the Indians use to predict attendance. 

“The formula takes historical data into account and weaves in such critical factors as the weather forecast, opponent, team performance, night of the week and time of year.

It doesn’t get fans through the gates, but it does give the Indians a much better idea of how to best serve their audience.”

• Is Cleveland Browns receiver Josh Gordon actually going to beat the wrap for a reported failed drug suspension? He’s hired the same lawyer who got Richard Sherman off the hook for a four-game suspension, but what the NFL will actually do remains anybody’s guess.

Gordon caught some bad luck when his urine was collected, but the difference between the two samples is so minimal it’s at least worth arguing about…and that’s what he’ll do this Friday.

* Anthony Bennett was pulled from a Pro-Am Basketball tournament in Toronto. Bennett is not injured, but this move, which was made by his agent, is enough to get the trade winds blowing in what has been quiet past few days.

What can $2.5 million get you if your football program is needs to renovate its locker room? In the case of Urban Meyer and Ohio State, that kind of cash can get you new lockers (of course), but it can mean a new light-up waterfall and HDTVs galore.

Those are some of the new amenities players at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center will now enjoy, as the Buckeyes vie to become one of the four teams to qualify for the new College Football playoff format.

As Ohio State’s student newspaper, The Lantern, pointed out, the updated facility will have a futuristic look that includes a lounge area with leather couches.

Meyer tweeted out pics of the revamped digs a few days ago. The updated locker room gives the Bucks’ head-coach even more ammo when it comes to landing prize recruits.


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