Phillies' Sellout Streak Officially Over

Phillies' Sellout Streak Officially Over

On Monday night, the Phillies played in front of a paying crowd at Citizens Bank Park that was less than capacity for the first time since a three-year sellout streak began on July 7, 2009. Their impressive streak spanned 257 regular season games and is the longest ever in the National League, according to the team. The Red Sox currently maintain a 772-game streak (or DO they?), and the Indians sold out 455 times straight from 1995-2001. During the Phillies' streak, the total paid attendance was 11,585,952, with an average of 45,082 per game. 
With the Phillies losing 6-1 on a hot August night after officially waving the sellers' flag last week, it's understandable that not every seat was paid for—and still fairly impressive that the announced number was 41,665. We can probably expect more of the same as the club evaluates talent for next season and likely shuts a guy or two down as the remaining months wear on. And, let's be honest. The paid number is one thing. The place hasn't been completely full on plenty of nights this season. The streak was fun while it lasted—think of how amazing some of the games and moments were... but it's no surprise to see it end. 
More unsettling than on the night is a seventh straight loss to the Braves, which also happened to be the 60th loss of the season. In 2011, during which every game was at capacity, the Phillies lost only 60 all year. 

Sevyn Streeter claims Sixers stopped her from singing national anthem

Sevyn Streeter claims Sixers stopped her from singing national anthem

Performing artist Sevyn Streeter was scheduled to sing the national anthem Wednesday night before the Sixers' season opener but says she was replaced because of the jersey she was wearing.

Jemila Worthy, a member of the Sixers' dance team, sang the anthem instead.

Streeter says change was made because she was wearing a jersey with the words "We Matter" displayed on the front.

"I'm at the 76ers game to sing the national anthem," she said in a video on Twitter, "and the organization is telling me that I can't because I'm wearing a 'We Matter' jersey."

The Sixers responded with the following statement:

"The Philadelphia 76ers organization encourages meaningful actions to drive social change. We use our games to bring people together, to build trust and to strengthen our communities. As we move from symbolic gestures to action, we will continue to leverage our platform to positively impact our community."

In the Sixers' preseason finale against the Heat in Miami, Denasia Lawrence performed the anthem while wearing a "Black Lives Matter" shirt and kneeling on one knee (see story). She said she did it to protest racial oppression.

Streeter is the latest to use the national anthem as a stage to protest racism and social injustice. San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began the well-documented movement by refusing to stand during the anthem, and various other professional athletes have made their own statements.

In a protest planned by safety Malcolm Jenkins, a handful of Eagles raised their fists during the anthem before the team's Week 2 game against the Bears on Monday Night Football.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.