Rob Parker…now writing for The Shadow League. For now.
Instead, they came out in even bigger numbers. People always considered the Golden Age of baseball to be in the ’50s. Not true. It’s right now.
And if it’s all about TV ratings and not attendance, why does the NFL still have that silly TV blackout rule? It’s simple. Without it, the NFL would be embarrassed to have mostly half-empty stadiums being broadcast on TV. They are afraid they couldn’t sell out eight home games a year in 75 percent of NFL America.
The NFL can stick its chest out about its TV ratings, but, really, how hard is it to get fans in the cold-weather months to stay in on a Sunday afternoon?
If the NFL—which changed its blackout policy to stipulate that 85 percent of the tickets have to be sold 72 hours before the game—was all about ratings, it would drop the blackout all together. Fans could stay at home and the TV ratings would go even higher. But that’s not going to happen because they understand how important attendance is to a sport.
In the final year of Monday Night Football on broadcast TV, it was rumored that then-NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue tried to give the Monday Night Raw people money to move the wrestling event. Apparently, it was hurting MNF’s ratings on ABC.
... You can have your TV football broadcast all you want, but there’s nothing better than going to the ballpark, sitting in the bleachers on a crystal-clear, warm June evening with a hot dog and a beer.
Baseball’s robust attendance numbers tell you that America agrees.
Posted: February 22, 2013 at 06:22 AM | 15 comment(s)
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