Baseball, In Two Maps

The Atlanta Braves announced today that they are leaving their Turner Field digs in downtown Atlanta and moving to a new stadium to be built in suburban Cobb County in time for the 2017 season. This goes against a recent trend in American sports (which itself is part of a larger trend in American demography) of teams moving to revitalized, center-city ballparks.

But baseball is different. The TV audience for the World Series is the same age as Fox News’. Baseball fans are the gentry, not the gentrifiers. Most of all, and especially in the American South, they are white.

Here is baseball, in two maps:

Location of Braves ticket sales (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Atlanta's racial breakdown. Blue=white, green=black, red=Asian, orange=Latino (Dustin Cable via http://www.wired.com/design/2013/08/how-segregated-is-your-city-this-eye-opening-map-shows-you)

Atlanta’s racial breakdown. Blue=white, green=black, red=Asian, orange=Latino (Dustin Cable via http://www.wired.com/design/2013/08/how-segregated-is-your-city-this-eye-opening-map-shows-you)

The Braves moved to the suburbs because baseball is old and white—like the suburbs.