October 03, 2018

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Breaking news: The playoffs are good for business

We’ve written quite a bit in the past about the economic impacts of the MLB and NBA postseasons. (Here’s a 2016 piece that breaks down the Northeast Ohio hotel and Airbnb markets during the World Series.)

Well, Womply, a small business software company based in San Francisco, sent some numbers from the 2017 MLB playoffs — which, for Tribe fans, were much too short.

Small businesses in the region saw a 43% revenue increase on game days during the Tribe’s loss to the New York Yankees in the American League Division Series. According to Womply, that’s well above the national average of a 32% revenue bump.

Cleveland also experienced a whopping 183% jump in transportation business, which is almost three times the national average of 67% for the MLB playoffs. For bars and lounges, the 2017 postseason provided a 15% jolt, Womply said.

The Indians’ third consecutive postseason trip kicks off Friday at Houston. Games 3 and, if necessary, 4 will be played at Progressive Field on Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 8 and 9.

If businesses — and plenty of others — get their wish, those will be the first of, oh, eight or nine postseason home games for the Tribe.

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