Since it became clear that the Chicago Cubs were going to land Joe Maddon as their new manager, the bets started rolling in for the Cubs to win the World Series, and in turn, the odds continued to rise.
A Major League Baseball ticket remains the most affordable of the four major sports. The average price of a ticket to a game this season is $27.93, up 2 percent from last year, according to Team Marketing Report's Fan Cost Index.
An independent league baseball team, the Schaumburg Boomers, offered the Chicago Cubs a chance at playing games at their park should Wrigley Field renovations fall through and owner Tom Ricketts follow through on moving the team.
Major League Baseball teams can bask in the glow of the biggest year-over-year change in valuation ever calculated by Forbes magazine as they enter a new season, but it's not their teams' popularity the owners have to thank for the surge.
Gene Orza, chief operating officer for the Major League Baseball Players Association, hasn't changed his stance despite mounting criticism of what some have called a lenient testing system in light of the BALCO steroid scandal.