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# A minor league baseball franchise experienced a drop in

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A minor league baseball franchise experienced a drop in attendance this week after they suffered three losses by margins of ten runs or more last week. Many spectators of those games wrote letters to the editors of the local sporting news, complaining of the poor play of the team in those three losses. Nevertheless, the front office of this baseball franchise maintains that the team's poor play in those three losses has nothing to do with this week's decline in attendance.

Which of the following, if true, most strongly supports the position held by the front office of the baseball franchise?
(A) The spectators who wrote letters to the local sporting news were long-standing fans of this minor league baseball team.
(B) Many minor league baseball franchises attribute a drop in attendance to the quality of play of the team only after a string of losses.
(C) Other minor league teams in that region of the state reported a similar drop in attendance this week.
(D) This was the not the first time this team suffered multiple lopsided losses in a single week, prompting similar letters to the local sporting news.
(E) This minor league team is over four hours from the closest major league team, so many of the minor league team's fans do not often attend major league games.

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Originally posted by mikemcgarry on 27 Mar 2013, 15:29.
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27 Mar 2013, 19:36
Straight C

1) Out of scope - We need a reason for drop in attendance and not who wrote letters
2) This would not strengthen the argument
3) Correct - There must be some reason for the drop in attendance across all the minor league basketball teams. Hence, the previous week's losses is not the reason for less crowd
4) Out of scope - We need a reason for drop in attendance and not who wrote letters
5) If the major league is far away from the minor league, then more people would watch minor league rather than the major league... Says the opposite..
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28 Mar 2013, 19:27
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This question awfully resembles an official guide one, about a drop in the rating of a tv program. The correct answer of that question is that...other tv programs experienced similar lost of raitings ) Ah, and some people sent emails to croticize the program . Just saying...

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mikemcgarry wrote:
A minor league baseball franchise experienced a drop in attendance this week after they suffered three losses by margins of ten runs or more last week. Many spectators of those games wrote letters to the editors of the local sporting news, complaining of the poor play of the team in those three losses. Nevertheless, the front office of this baseball franchise maintains that the team's poor play in those three losses has nothing to do with this week's decline in attendance.

Which of the following, if true, most strongly supports the position held by the front office of the baseball franchise?
(A) The spectators who wrote letters to the local sporting news were long-standing fans of this minor league baseball team.
(B) Many minor league baseball franchises attribute a drop in attendance to the quality of play of the team only after a string of losses.
(C) Other minor league teams in that region of the state reported a similar drop in attendance this week.
(D) This was the not the first time this team suffered multiple lopsided losses in a single week, prompting similar letters to the local sporting news.
(E) This minor league team is over four hours from the closest major league team, so many of the minor league team's fans do not often attend major league games.

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Hi Mike,
Is OA (C)?
This was a pretty easy one I think
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29 Mar 2015, 22:50
IMO the answer is C, if drop in attendance happened everywhere then there something global thing happened other than the loosing game
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18 Sep 2016, 06:41
OA: C (link in last line of Mike's post)
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07 Dec 2017, 11:49
A minor league baseball franchise experienced a drop in attendance this week after they suffered three losses by margins of ten runs or more last week. Many spectators of those games wrote letters to the editors of the local sporting news, complaining of the poor play of the team in those three losses. Nevertheless, the front office of this baseball franchise maintains that the team's poor play in those three losses has nothing to do with this week's decline in attendance.

Type- strengthen
Boil it down - the front office of this baseball franchise maintains that the team's poor play in those three losses has nothing to do with this week's decline in attendance.

(A) The spectators who wrote letters to the local sporting news were long-standing fans of this minor league baseball team. -- Incorrect - strengthener -- loyal fans have stopped
(B) Many minor league baseball franchises attribute a drop in attendance to the quality of play of the team only after a string of losses. -- Incorrect
(C) Other minor league teams in that region of the state reported a similar drop in attendance this week. - Correct -- some other factor caused the drop --> Effect occurred without cause
(D) This was the not the first time this team suffered multiple lopsided losses in a single week, prompting similar letters to the local sporting news. - strengthener -- fans finally became pissed
(E) This minor league team is over four hours from the closest major league team, so many of the minor league team's fans do not often attend major league games. - Irrelevant

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25 Dec 2017, 17:17
C is an important pattern in gmat even though C talks about declines in other minor league teams, but C proves that the decline may have nothing to do with the poor performances of the team.

A and D are out of scope.
B stregnthens and E discusses an irrelevant major league.
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24 Apr 2018, 02:19
Skywalker18 wrote:
A minor league baseball franchise experienced a drop in attendance this week after they suffered three losses by margins of ten runs or more last week. Many spectators of those games wrote letters to the editors of the local sporting news, complaining of the poor play of the team in those three losses. Nevertheless, the front office of this baseball franchise maintains that the team's poor play in those three losses has nothing to do with this week's decline in attendance.

Type- strengthen
Boil it down - the front office of this baseball franchise maintains that the team's poor play in those three losses has nothing to do with this week's decline in attendance.

(A) The spectators who wrote letters to the local sporting news were long-standing fans of this minor league baseball team. -- Incorrect - strengthener -- loyal fans have stopped
(B) Many minor league baseball franchises attribute a drop in attendance to the quality of play of the team only after a string of losses. -- Incorrect
(C) Other minor league teams in that region of the state reported a similar drop in attendance this week. - Correct -- some other factor caused the drop --> Effect occurred without cause
(D) This was the not the first time this team suffered multiple lopsided losses in a single week, prompting similar letters to the local sporting news. - strengthener -- fans finally became pissed
(E) This minor league team is over four hours from the closest major league team, so many of the minor league team's fans do not often attend major league games. - Irrelevant

Hi,

For many questions I have choices like C as wrong. Explanation for few of them were " Other minor league teams in the region" is out of scope. How a general statement can be the right answer. I accept that this is the best among the given ones though.
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14 Aug 2018, 23:13

Official Explanation

The statement by the front office of the baseball franchise seems, on the surface, not to take the basic facts into account. If we want to strengthen this position, there must be some alternate explanation for the drop in attendance.

Part of strengthening the franchise's position would be weakening the original position: namely, that the team's poor play explains the drop in attendance.

(C) is the credited answer. If other minor league teams also experience a drop this week, there must be something global in this market affecting all teams. We don't know what this factor is, but it's something that touches all teams, not just those that played bad last week. This provides a cogent alternative explanation, even though we don't know the specific nature of the factor causing the drop in attendance.

Both (A) & (D) strengthen the original position, namely, that the team's poor play explains the drop in attendance. In order to strengthen the baseball franchise's position, we have to weaken this original position.

Choice (B) essentially accuses the baseball franchise of lying, or at least bluffing, which hardly strengthens their position.

Choice (E) simply adds to the paradox: if the closest MLB team is far away and folks typically don't go there, then there would be more demand for the local minor league baseball. Given that demands, a drop in attendance doesn't make as much sense. This choice adds to the confusing without explaining anything.
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