MLB's Historic 2023 Season: Record-Breaking Attendance, Faster Games, and MLB.TV's Surging SuccessBlog / 11.06.2023
Last week the MLB concluded its unforgettable 2023 season, culminating in an exhilarating World Series where the Texas Rangers secured a thrilling victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks. This year, the 2023 season proved to be a landmark period in MLB history. The introduction of the pitch clock, a game-changing innovation, not only accelerated the pace of games but also played a pivotal role in boosting viewership and attendance across the league. In an era where the MLB continues to adapt to the demands of the modern age, the 2023 season has been nothing short of a resounding success, as documented by MLB.com and Sports Business Journal.
As per MLB.com and Sports Business Journal reports, the MLB's regular season in 2023 concluded with a staggering total attendance of 70,747,365 devoted fans. This achievement marks a significant milestone, with the league surpassing the 70 million attendance mark for the first time since 2017. The growth in attendance for 2023 is especially remarkable, as it represents the most substantial non-COVID-impacted increase since the league expanded to 30 teams in 1998. Equally noteworthy is the surge in per-game attendance. In 2023, the average per-game attendance stood at 29,295, a substantial increase from the 26,843 in 2022. This remarkable 9.1% surge in per-game attendance stands as the largest in three decades. Impressively, as highlighted by MLB.com, over 86% of MLB teams, totaling 26 out of 30, witnessed an attendance surge from 2022 to 2023.
Shorter Game Times
The 2023 season, as detailed by MLB.com and Sports Business Journal, witnessed a significant reduction in the average duration of a nine-inning MLB game. Games now concluded in just under 2 hours and 40 minutes, marking the league's fastest time of game in nearly 40 years. Comparing the 2023 season to 2022, games were notably shorter by 24 minutes, with the average game time in 2022 clocking in at 3 hours and 4 minutes. What's more, games in 2023 were a full half-hour shorter than in 2021 when games often extended beyond the 3-hour and 10-minute mark. Of immense significance, as highlighted by both sources, was the average MLB game time dropping below the 3-hour threshold for the first time since 2015. And not just slightly, but by a significant margin, marking the shortest nine-inning game times in 38 years.
MLB.TV's Record-Breaking Season
In addition to the on-field accomplishments, as reported by MLB.com, MLB.TV had an unprecedented season, breaking records in its 21st season. The previous record, set last year with 11.5 billion total streams, was surpassed in 2023, as reported by MLB.com, with an astonishing 12.6 billion streams. The popularity of the service, as indicated by MLB.com, was further underscored by a 10.5% increase in the number of games watched in their entirety. A particularly noteworthy trend, highlighted by MLB.com and supported by Sports Business Journal, was the 12% surge in games watched by fans aged 18-24, making this demographic the fastest-growing viewership segment. This surge in MLB.TV's numbers aligns with the increasing prevalence of connected TV, underscoring the platform's adaptability and relevance in an ever-evolving media landscape.
The 2023 MLB season, as documented by multiple sources, has undeniably left an indelible mark. From record-breaking attendance to significantly shorter game times and the continued ascent of MLB.TV as the go-to platform for fans to immerse themselves in the sport, the MLB's future appears radiant. This success story in a single season promises even more thrilling developments and innovations on the horizon. Contact us to discuss how we can get your brand in front of this growing audience of MLB fans.