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"Before the city entered the baseball hierarchy its divorce rate was 6 divorces per 1000 people. Seven years after the Colorado Rockies played their first game, the divorce rate was 4.2 per 1000 people."

There are some strange claims being made in the media and here’s a good example. Baseball can help reduce the divorce rate.

A recent university study has claimed that in cities which have been granted a major league baseball franchise, the divorce rate in that city has dropped by an average of almost 30%. The survey included a number of cities.

It’s a fact that about 95% of us get married before we turn 55 and about 40% of all marriages end in divorce. This has stimulated a great interest in finding out why. Why do so many marriages end in divorce?

There are several theories put forward. Having children can test a relationship. Not getting on with your in-laws may make a marriage shaky. Money problems put a strain on any union. Then there’s the loss of employment, unfaithfulness, drug and alcohol problems and many other reasons which can cause a marriage to fail.

But many marriages survive and so other studies have been made as to why these marriages are successful. And one such study led to the claim that baseball may help couples stay together.

Here’s an example. Denver was granted a major league baseball franchise. Before the city entered the baseball hierarchy its divorce rate was 6 divorces per 1000 people. Seven years after the Colorado Rockies played their first game, the divorce rate was 4.2 per 1000 people. This was a drop of some 20% whereas the rest of the country had a decline in divorce rates of 15%.

The Denver experience was repeated in other American cities which had recently been granted a major league baseball franchise. Phoenix, Tampa Bay and Miami are all cities which, after being granted a major league franchise, experienced a significant drop in their divorce rate – some as high as 30%.

This has led to the claim that a couple and maybe a family going to the baseball as a couple or as a family is strengthening their relationship. Baseball helps marriages grow stronger. Sounds strange? Well the statistics certainly support the claim. Take your spouse to the ball game.

 
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