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Friday, March 22, 2019

ESPN Reasserting Commitment to Baseball through Baseball Tonight

Why bother? MLB Network’s coverage is vastly superior anyway.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 22, 2019 at 08:11 AM | 14 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. deadpilgrims Posted: March 22, 2019 at 12:25 PM (#5824591)
I think why they bother is in order to keep the viewer who likes multiple sports, and is therefore more likely to choose ESPN before MLB Network.

That viewer likes baseball, but doesn't want only baseball. Baseball Tonight can keep that viewer from straying from ESPN.


   2. Bote Man Posted: March 22, 2019 at 12:50 PM (#5824606)
If you squint your eyes and keep a good distance, the 3 letters "MLB" could almost look like "NFL" I guess. Maybe they will fool enough viewers to stay through at least one billing cycle.
   3. akrasian Posted: March 22, 2019 at 01:08 PM (#5824619)
ESPN is available to a lot of cable subscribers who don't have MLB network. Around 20 million or so, iirc. Providing baseball highlights to these probably helps ESPN keep their viewership.

Besides, it's good to have competition - it forces MLB network to try to keep improving.

And I'd guess at least a few people want to watch both shows.
   4. geonose Posted: March 22, 2019 at 02:17 PM (#5824669)
MLB Network's coverage is superior, but it's on-air staff is so hugely inferior that it's become pretty much unwatchable for me. I used to watch MLBN daily, but I virtually never watch it now because so many of their "personalities" are distasteful.
   5. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: March 22, 2019 at 02:47 PM (#5824689)
I'm sure they'll reassure viewers that the addition of Baseball Tonight will be offset by at least 6 hours of new football programming.
   6. Man o' Schwar Posted: March 22, 2019 at 02:57 PM (#5824693)
Probably what they should do is hire LeBron to be a panelist after the NBA season ends. If they're going to talk about him nonstop, might as well put him on camera.
   7. Man o' Schwar Posted: March 22, 2019 at 02:57 PM (#5824694)
I used to watch MLBN daily, but I virtually never watch it now because so many of their "personalities" are distasteful.

I just stay away from everything but the nightly shows. The talk shows during the day are more or less unwatchable.
   8. The Yankee Clapper Posted: March 22, 2019 at 04:05 PM (#5824718)
MLB Network’s coverage is vastly superior anyway.

It really depends on which talking heads they utilize. The MLB Network has so much time to devote to baseball that the pacing of their shows can be a problem, and their “talent” includes the likes of Eric Byrnes. Baseball Tonight is more consistent, although limited in what it addresses. Room for both.
   9. cardsfanboy Posted: March 22, 2019 at 04:14 PM (#5824719)
Baseball tonight used to be the best thing on tv for years. ESPN just gave up on it when MLBtv came around. I mean it was always a bit more ALeastespn than baseball tonight, but still they often covered at least a few of the other teams... then they gave up and just focused on Yankees, Mess, and Red Sox....and heck maybe the Nationals, while pretty much ignoring the rest of baseball other than a sound bite here or there.

When I had a travelling job, I used to time how much time ESPN spent per game and it was fairly balanced, then it changed (pretty much after 2004) and it became unwatchable... If they can get back to making sure that they spend roughly an equivalent amount of time on all the teams, then I might be interested in it again. If not, then my local channel is just as useful to me.
   10. Master of the Horse Posted: March 22, 2019 at 04:56 PM (#5824736)
ESPN is on cable which is still used by old people and a good part of baseball viewers are also old so the venn works. But cannot be a long term play as old soon becomes dead. So there's that.
   11. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: March 22, 2019 at 05:13 PM (#5824740)
Why bother? MLB Network’s coverage is vastly superior anyway.


I'm really happy that companies compete rather than give up if there is one better product on Earth.
   12. Jack Sommers Posted: March 23, 2019 at 10:26 AM (#5824805)
I'm looking forward to their next statcast broadcast. That was really cool and there should be a handful of them during the season
   13. GGC Posted: March 23, 2019 at 06:30 PM (#5824886)
I'm really happy that companies compete rather than give up if there is one better product on Earth.


Ditto. The worst part of Robert Bork's legacy isn't The Saturday Night Massacre. It's monopolistic capitalism.
   14. Brian Posted: March 24, 2019 at 02:53 PM (#5824955)
Why anyone would hire the MLB Network staff is beyond me. Eric Byrnes? Bill Ripken? Painful. Sean Casey and Mark DeRosa are terrible and ruined the 30 in 30 show. Every player you interview can't be the best in MLB Mark. This isn't AYSO. So I will give ESPN a chance. Seriously, Eric Byrnes?

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