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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

TV Ratings Up, But Teams Still Dependent on Cable Providers

Baseball is dead.

Before getting to baseball’s dependence on the health of major cable companies, here is a brief look at some early season numbers. The first month of the season has seen big increases in viewership for national games on Fox Sports 1 and MLB Network, including double the amount of viewers aged 18 to 34 watching game on Fox Sports 1. The Chicago Cubs have doubled their ratings after their increased commitment in the offseason as well as the arrival of Kris Bryant. The Kansas City Royals have done the same coming off their World Series appearance. The Houston Astros have seen an increase in viewership after finally resolving their local disputes, at least as far as getting their games on all the local cable packages. The Arizona Diamondbacks have seen their highest ratings in a decade while the games of the Cleveland Indians, Detroit Tigers, Kansas City Royals, St. Louis Cardinals, and San Diego Padres rank first in their broadcast territories among all shows. A recent article by Maury Brown at Forbes showed that baseball games beat playoff games from the NHL and NBA in many markets across the country.

The ratings so far this season are a great indicator of baseball’s popularity. Not only is baseball beating playoffs in other sports, it is also beating first-run shows on networks.


Tuesday, May 12, 2015

MLB Network analyst hits line drive into co-host’s head - SBNation.com

Next time she needs to come up and in on his grill.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 12, 2015 at 03:23 PM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb network, sean casey, television

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Nationals Walk-Off Win Caps Stat cast Debut

Lots of video in the article. Some interesting stuff.

Bourbon Samurai Posted: April 22, 2015 at 09:11 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, mlb network, nats, stats

Saturday, February 28, 2015

MLB Network: Carlos Pena explains Effective Velocity (video)

Carlos Pena dives into the topic of effective velocity, or why all 90 mph fastballs aren’t created equally.

Xander Posted: February 28, 2015 at 09:22 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: hitting, hitting coaches, hitting philosophies, mlb network, video

Thursday, January 08, 2015

MLBN Launching Original Documentary Series

Later today MLB Network will announce a new series, MLB Network Presents, that aims to tell some of these rich stories from the national pastime.  Bob Costas himself will host the series that premieres on Tuesday night January 13th at 9 PM ET.

The debut episode in the personality-driven series is entitled The Odd Couple: Bochy & Flannery and chronicles the long-time relationship between San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy and 3rd base coach that dates back to when they were Padres teammates in 1983.

Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: January 08, 2015 at 01:27 PM | 69 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb network, tv

 

 

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