Tim Tebow is a huge box office draw in the minor leagues

Getty Images

Tim Tebow has been a big draw everywhere he played football, from Florida to the Broncos and even in his latter NFL stops as a bit player and camp arm. But to get an idea of just how many people love Tim Tebow, take a look at the attendance at his minor league games.

According to Baseball America, both of the minor league teams Tebow has played for this year have set attendance records, even though Tebow has split his time between the two teams, and even though the season isn’t over yet.

And Tebow may have had an even bigger impact in road games. Tebow’s St. Lucie Mets play in the Florida State League, where teams typically draw about 1,500 fans a game. When Tebow is in town, he’s been responsible for, on average, an additional 2,788 fans per game over the home teams’ normal attendance. For example, take the Florida Fire Frogs, who averaged 881 fans a game over 40 home games — until Tebow came to town for a four-game series, in which the Fire Frogs averaged 4,507 fans a game.

Baseball America estimates that Tebow, in 19 home games, has brought in about $300,000 in additional revenue for his team, and about $1.36 million in additional revenue for the opponents in road games. The Mets were criticized for making a publicity stunt when they signed Tebow, but if that’s all it was, it was a profitable stunt.

19 responses to “Tim Tebow is a huge box office draw in the minor leagues

  1. Yeah!!!!! He is a good young man who is highly talented. The rote thinking NFL was just not ready for Tebow and did not give him a chance. The chance they give those non SB winning young pocket passers who don’t even sniff a SB for a decade after they begin in the league if ever!!!! The rote ancient thinking NFL who cares more for mechanics than results and refuse to understand that some players CAN get it done without their rote mechanics that relegate all their qB’s to average play when they were truly playmakers when allowed to play the way they knew how!!!

    They try to change them overnight which relegate them to being ineffective at this high level.

    Good for Tebow!!!

  2. when your competition is dizzy bat, and free beer koozie day it shouldn’t be that hard.

  3. Just like the Connor vs Floyd circus it is all hype and no substance. Sort of what our country looks like as of late. I will never understand why people want to watch competition that is based on celebrity and not merit. In the last 15 games Tebow is barely over .100 for his average. He will be on the PGA tour next shooting 105 and never making the cut but who cares, let em play.

  4. He’s actually putting up somewhat respectable stats, albeit in A-ball ..still, not too shabby for a guy who hadn’t played organized baseball since high school

  5. He’s a gifted athlete who can play two sports fairly well. I have no doubt he could have played QB in the CFL and likely could have secured a roster spot as a TE or wildcat QB in the NFL had he made any of those a goal. There are many NFL QBs who never won a playoff game ….. as Tebow did.

  6. I still think Tebow not ever playing in Jacksonville is a shame. He would still be better than Blake Bortles – he turns the ball over pretty much less than all QB’s, and with that defense, if they keep it close, he plays like the best QB in the league if the games on the line at the very end. And then there’s his running ability and charisma – people gravitate to him, believe in him.

    As for the comparisons to Kaepernick, Tebow never did anything to bug people on purpose – he was his genuine self, and in general, was hated by the left because he resembled the all-American man. Kaepernick, on the other hand, did and said things on purpose to offend and rile people up.

  7. corkspop says:
    August 9, 2017 at 6:14 pm
    He’s a gifted athlete who can play two sports fairly well. I have no doubt he could have played QB in the CFL and likely could have secured a roster spot as a TE or wildcat QB in the NFL had he made any of those a goal. There are many NFL QBs who never won a playoff game ….. as Tebow did.

    ——————

    How did Denver do after Tebow left? I seem to remember that team winning a Super Bowl and going to two. Denver won in spite of Tebow, not because of him.

  8. corkspop says:
    August 9, 2017 at 6:14 pm

    How did Denver do after Tebow left? I seem to remember that team winning a Super Bowl and going to two. Denver won in spite of Tebow, not because of him.
    ———————————————————————————————

    All anyone can really know about Tebow is he was a big improvement over their starting Qb (Orton) and provided the team with a spark. Yes, he sucked for 56 minutes of each game, but he also helped keep it close by not committing any turnovers, and then went on to have the best QB rating in the final few minutes of every close game, providing some Tebow magic.

    He went 7-4 in his final season in Denver, including 1-1 in the playoffs, But he never got another chance.

  9. weather he is great as a player or not people like men of character. not the slime balls they call hero,s

  10. He went 7-4 in his final season in Denver, including 1-1 in the playoffs, But he never got another chance.

    ——————–

    He got plenty of chances so to say otherwise is complete BS. It wasn’t like no team ever brought him into camp. He just failed when he was there. He was so bad in practice he couldn’t even run the offense. Hard for a team to practice when the QB can’t run the offense. If he could play he would be given another chance but he never wanted to work on his craft. He preferred doing commercials and playing the celebrity. Denver was a great team with lots of top picks and would have won with a lot of QBs at the helm. Manning was a shell of himself and got a title. Dilfer won a Super Bowl in Baltimore and wasn’t brought back the very next year. Sometimes it is the team that wins the game and not just the QB.

  11. If you checked out his stats, he’s not doing well at all. He has 3 hits in his last 37 AB’s and sporting a hot .220 avg. All about that sideshow

  12. Denver did not win anything without HGH aiding Manning’s recovery. He then went into mafia mode to cover it up. Yes let’s all rip Tebow for not being as good as Peyton Manning on HGH.

    The Broncos have 3 Lombardis with 3 fully proven, beyond a doubt instances of cheating. No science denial or guys filming 20 feet from a legal zone involved.

  13. @jets2010spygate says:
    “Denver did not win anything without HGH aiding Manning’s recovery.

    The Broncos have 3 Lombardis with 3 fully proven, beyond a doubt instances of cheating. No science denial or guys filming 20 feet from a legal zone involved.”

    Since you mentioned the HGH, and you probably know about the under the table pay for certain players. I think you need to put sarcasm tags on this post. Its hard to read sarcasm on the internet.

  14. Hold on! I have a really witty and clever comment…
    It is just that it is still under moderation at the moment.

  15. Tebow will be fine as long as he plays in the deep south, where his college exploits and “Christian” audience cut him a lot of slack.

Leave a Reply