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Cubs lead in average ticket price, delay for World Series title

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If you're wondering which team in the major leagues has the highest average prices for tickets, it's the one that's gone the longest without winning a World Series.

It costs, on average, $52.56 for an individual to attend a Cubs game at Wrigley Field. Well worth it, certainly, just to enter the North Side cathedral and view all of the championship banners flapping from the upper deck rafters.

If you're wondering more, like who's average beer costs the most, and which average prices have gone up or down or neither, head over to Team Marketing's Web site because their annual MLB survey has dropped.

What else does it tell us?

• The Red Sox have everyone beat as far as total cost for a family of four to attend a game and consume select concessions. It would run mama and papa the tune of $334.78. That includes parking, four tickets, two beers, two soft drinks, four hot dogs, two programs and two caps.

• At the budget end of the spectrum, the Arizona Diamondbacks sell the cheapest average ticket, $14.31.

• The San Diego Padres cut the price of their average ticket by 15.4 percent and the Minnesota Twins have to make some money back on their new stadium somehow. Average ticket prices are 45 percent over those in the Metrodome's final season.

• The average major league ticket costs $26.74 and the average family outing theoretically runs $195.08.

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• Overall, in the wake of the 6-percent attendance drop MLB had in 2009, it costs about 1 percent less for nuclear families to attend a major league game in '10 than the previous season.

Some of the extra costs incurred at a game vary, of course.

Maybe the family of four can pack a lunch, or eat before the game, or not get caps. Or dad drinks five beers (and mom drives home) and there's an impromptu hot dog eating contest with Kobayashi and the folks are forced to spend $500 on kosher weenies (and the odd wager).

Also, I'd like to know what the mean costs are, not only the averages — which can be skewed. Still, some informative numbers are there for us to analyze, or ignore, as we please.

Please do so without blowing a gasket.

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