17. Reno, NV, 410,000
16. Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA, 534,000
15. Colorado Springs, CO, 599,000
14. Tacoma, WA, 767,000
13. Albuquerque, NM, 817,000
12. Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA, 823,000
Note the following:
- The Iowa Cubs, with the smallest market in the league, have been quite successfully managed and continue to outdraw their market by the largest ratio. This is an outcome that is by no means guaranteed, and the Midwest is one of the top minor-league regions in the country.
- Colorado Springs and Tacoma are regarded as weak markets.
- Omaha is doing quite poorly.
- Albuquerque, with a renovated stadium and a second chance (after their original Dukes took off), has been supportive--and has almost twice as many people as Reno.
- Nick Lachey is a part-owner of the Tacoma Rainiers (not really relevant, I guess...)
- Reno's independent-league efforts have failed, although the Golden League is giving it another shot this year.