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Friday, November 14, 2014

Calcaterra: Baseball died in the movie “Interstellar,” you guys

“One of the extraordinarily small yet extremely vivid bits of the scene setting is a baseball game. It’s on what looks like a small, minor league field in the middle of a farming community. One team is a local nine made up of what are presumably amateurs. The other team: the New York Yankees. Which still exist, but have been reduced to a barnstorming, probably semi-pro situation. They have a banner on the wall welcoming “The World Famous New York Yankees,” for example.

I’m trying to get my head around all that would have to happen in society for Major League Baseball to truly die like that. Yet what would not be so bad that the New York Yankees could still exist, in however a diminished form. And I can’t decide if seeing them diminished like that should be a joyful bit of schadenfreude for non-Yankees fans or if, alternatively, we should be concerned that not even a freakin’ world-threatening apocalypse can kill the Bronx Bombers.”


Monday, November 03, 2014

Baseball Still A Major Draw On TV

Fans who stayed up to watch Fox’s prime-time-and-beyond broadcasts of the World Series had a reason — seven reasons, as it played out — to be tired. But they’re not nearly as tired as the stale gripes that baseball is dying…

It helped Fox win prime time for the sixth time during the Series. Given that Royals-Giants wasn’t perceived as a marquee national matchup, the 9.1 overnight rating for the series wasn’t terribly far off from the 10.1 the network drew for the six-game Red Sox-Cardinals series last year.

Baseball doesn’t draw like it used to. It doesn’t draw like the NFL. Those days are gone. But there’s a reason Fox, ESPN, and Turner are in the first year of a combined $12.4 billion rights deal through 2021. As a television show, baseball is still a major draw.

Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: November 03, 2014 at 10:47 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball is dying, fox, tbs, television

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

CNN: Is baseball on its way out?

“No one goes to baseball games anymore, its too crowded there.”

Except it’s untrue. Seventeen of the game’s 30 teams have poorer attendance than a year ago at this time. World Series television ratings get more disappointing year after year. Household-name players—I mean popular and scandal-free ones like Mariano Rivera and Derek Jeter—have come to the ends of their careers, with no clear heir-apparents.

Is there a star player of today you’d go out of your way to see?

“Hey, Felix Hernandez is in town!” “You wanna go to the ballpark tonight and see Adam Wainwright?”

Those are your All-Star starting pitchers. Would you recognize either one if you saw him coming toward you on the street?

Baseball is losing its luster. As ticket prices get higher, interest goes lower. As options on television expand, baseball’s grip on the American public gets ever more slippery.

TV’s audience for Game 1 of the 2004 World Series between the Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals came to approximately 25.4 million viewers. When the same two teams met in the World Series last October, Game 1’s viewership was pegged at around 15 million.

One year earlier a series between the San Francisco Giants and Detroit Tigers attracted the worst TV ratings of any World Series in the past 30 years.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 16, 2014 at 11:55 AM | 82 comment(s)
  Beats: attendance, baseball is dying, cnn, tv ratings

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

MLB Network Just Finished Most Watched Quarter Ever

It’s funny – despite all of our lamenting about MLB’s decline in casual fan viewership, the diehards are still tuning in at levels we haven’t seen before. Maybe that’s the best course of action for the major networks – don’t worry about appealing to the casual fan. Just try to make the diehard fans happy, and the rest will eventually start to come. Isn’t that what NBC did with the Premier League? Isn’t that what ESPN is doing with the World Cup? There aren’t any stupid gimmicks or inane talking points, and that strategy is working just fine for those two networks.


 

 

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