Big surprise. According to bankruptcy documents filed today, the L.A. Dodgers have seen a sharp decline in revenue since Frank and Jamie McCourt separated in 2009.
The Times recently ran a story speculating about the decline. Well, speculate no more. Here are the actual numbers:
2009: $282 million
2010: $265 million
2011 (first half): $120 million
That's bad, but not bad enough for some people. Protesters are calling for a one-day boycott of the Dodgers...
... on Aug. 27.
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Thousands of Dodger fans are already participating in a "soft" boycott of the team -- either out of disaffection for McCourt or because the Dodgers are 12 games under .500.
But Roger Arrieta, the organizer of Mark Cuban Save the Dodgers, is trying to turn it into a more demonstrative boycott in an effort to force McCourt to sell. His group led a protest on July 9 outside Dodger Stadium, which was featured on the national Fox broadcast. The announced attendance was 29,744, the lowest for any Saturday game this season.
They're going to try to beat that figure on Aug. 27, when the Dodgers will face the Colorado Rockies. That game will again be televised on Fox.
"I want somebody to come in and save the Dodgers," Arrieta said. "A one-day boycott isn't going to hurt you as a fan."