Why is it that independent baseball leagues are able to stay in business while independent football leagues fold up?

In February 2019; the Alliance of American Football (AAF) began as an independent football league in the hopes it could become a development league and the AAF never completed its inaugural season. Other independent leagues that have been around that didn't last long includes the Xtreme Football League (2001), World Football League (1974-1975) and the United Football League (2009-2012).

Baseball on the other hand have had throughout its history many independent baseball leagues that are not affiliate with Major League Baseball. Current independent leagues include Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (since 1998), Empire Professional Baseball League (since 2015) and Frontier League (since 1993 and is the oldest independent league in the US).

Why is it that independent baseball leagues are able to make it as profitable business while independent football leagues are unable to say in business for very long?

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  • SJ
    Lv 5
    6 months ago
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    Football seasons have few games, so the ticket sales won't amount to much. Media rights to minor leagues won't sell for a lot. Roster sizes in football can be quite large, and these players need to be paid. That's just some of the reasons.

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