A Major League Baseball franchise in the Washington area would not significantly affect the Baltimore Orioles, according to a report prepared and released recently by an area consulting firm.
Conventions, Sports & Leisure International, which analyzes professional sports franchises, conducted the report at the request of the D.C. Sports and Entertainment Commission.
Based on two exit poll fan surveys conducted by the George Washington University sports management program at two Orioles games and a survey of Washington-area corporations, the report found that:
Only 22 percent of people who attend Orioles games come from the Washington area, as opposed to 48 percent from Baltimore and 30 from other locations.
Eighty-five percent of those questioned said that a Washington franchise would have no impact on the Orioles' attendance.
Two-thirds of the Washington-area respondents said that the presence of a Washington team would not impact their attendance at Orioles games.
Eighty-six percent of Washington-area corporations would definitely or likely keep their suites at Orioles Park at Camden Yards; 70 percent said they would keep their season tickets; two-thirds said they would keep their club seats.
The Orioles have estimated that 20 to 25 percent of their attendance comes from the Washington area and that the Orioles' majority owner, Peter G. Angelos, is opposed to placing a major league baseball team in Washington or Northern Virginia.