Oakland A's Plan 70,000 In Attendance - But The Tickets Are Free

Major League Baseball's National League and American League divisions were created all the way back in 1876 and 1901, then holding far fewer teams than they do today. Their current parent company, Major League Baseball, was formed back in 1903, effectively serving as both a mediator between the two leagues and a business network to boost all of its teams' revenue drawn in each and every year as a direct result of America's favorite pastime - playing baseball.

The team now known as the Oakland Athletics has participated in the Major League Baseball's operations since 1901. Now known as nothing more than the Oakland A's, the team has its roots wrapped around the proverbial groundwork of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, when the club was named the Athletic Club of Philadelphia.

Over the years - including some seasons of inactivity - the franchise moved to Kansas City after leaving Philly, finally moving to Oakland, California, in 1968. Even though the team isn't doing so hot today, the Oakland A's were once stacked, hosting both Mark McGwire and Jose Canseco on the same lineup, the pair leading the team to a World Series victory in the late 1980s.

Since, the luck of the franchise has seemed to be nothing but downhill - and that hill is pretty steep.

Free tickets should mean a packed home crowd, right?

The Oakland A's have been advertising tonight's game for some weeks now, with the MLB organization handing out roughly 200,000 tickets over the past couple weeks. Roughly 70,000 of those free ticket ticketholders have called in RSVPs, indicating that the crowd is, in fact, likely to be as packed as it can possibly get.

However, the A's obviously won't be making any money from ticket sales tonight, so can the organization truly claim a "sellout" crowd?

It seems surprising to most, both long-term fans of the organization and those who know absolutely nothing about professional sports, that 70,000 people plan on showing up. After all, the first two home games of the Oakland A's 2018 MLB season sat only 8,000 per night, all in a stadium that holds more than 40,000. Talk about a paltry attendance.

The President of the organization believes that ticket sales have been so down in the dirt because the A's only sell to a select handful of ticket brokers now, hoping to keep resale value high for holders of season tickets.

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