Basketball and hockey's playoffs are over, which gives baseball the nation's sports ticket dollars all to itself.
For a while.
Major League Baseball's All-Star Game takes place on July 11 in Miami, but its All-Star break begins just a few days earlier. That gives baseball less than a month to enjoy the relative silence until its self-imposed recess, which is a shame considering the way the season's been shaping up so far.
Through the first 934 games played this season, 209,887 fewer fans attended games than they did through the same number of games in 2016. The average attendance of 29,241 is 218 fewer people per game than the average mark at this time last year. What's more, 17 of the league's 30 teams have seen attendance fall this year, with only 10 teams averaging attendance of 30,000 or more.
That leaves plenty of good seats available all over the league. Even when tickets are scarce and prices are high, those crowds are typically tied to matchups and promotions. However there are some noteworthy exceptions, especially for formerly suffering fan bases. With help from the folks at ticket data and sales site TicketIQ, we took a look at ticket resale prices throughout the league and found the 15 most-expensive games on the remaining schedule.
We're going to warn you right now: the Chicago Cubs appear on this more than a few times. Some fans just want to see what the Cubs look like without a century-old curse attached to them, others are Midwest transplants who are just happy that the Cubs' out-of-town visit won't necessarily involve heaping amounts of misery. Either way, the Cubs are a star attraction this season both at home and on the road.
A few other teams appear on the list multiple times, but not necessarily for the same reason as the Cubs. Sometimes the right mix of places and promotions can put baseball fans in a buying mood: