Tim Tebow Sparks Biggest Rise in Minor League Baseball Attendance Since MJ Played

Tim Tebow was responsible for a big increase in attendance for the St. Lucie Mets and the Columbia Fireflies. (JOHN BAZEMORE/AP)
Tim Tebow was responsible for a big increase in attendance for the St. Lucie Mets and the Columbia Fireflies. (JOHN BAZEMORE/AP)

Tim Tebow is making minor league baseball great again.

The former NFL quarterback has contributed to the greatest rise in minor league baseball attendance in 23 years, according to ESPN. The last time there was a huge increase in minor league baseball crowds was when NBA legend Michael Jordan gave baseball a shot in 1994.

When Tebow spent time with Mets Class-A affiliate Columbia Fireflies, the team saw attendance rise by almost 54,000 fans, a 21 percent rise from the year before, ESPN reports. The St. Lucie Mets had an increase of 35,803 fans which is up by 37 percent from 2016.

His presence was also felt on the road with an average of 2,591 more fans showing up to the ballpark.

Baseball America reports Tebow was worth about $1.6 million in additional tickets, concessions, parking and other revenue.

Jordan is still responsible for the league record when the Birmingham Barons had an average of 6,884 fans in 1994, with a season attendance of 467,868.

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SOURCE: BRETT BODNER
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS