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Low hopes for World Series ratings

Posted on: October 18, 2011 11:34 am
 
By C. Trent Rosecrans

Game 6 of the NLCS was tuned in by fewer people than the season premiere of the Walking Dead on AMC. It could have been the fact that the game was on TBS or that it was decided pretty quickly as Shaun Marcum gave up four first-inning runs, but either way it's not a good omen for the World Series ratings.

Another bad sign for the World Series ratings is that it's the Rangers and Cardinals playing -- neither of which really back in the viewers like the Yankees or Red Sox. Here's a look at the ratings for the last 10 World Series from our buddy David Fung.

 

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Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: October 19, 2011 12:43 pm
 

Low hopes for World Series ratings

Um, its the exact opposite actually. Re-read. Geez.




Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: October 19, 2011 10:58 am
 

Low hopes for World Series ratings

To all you football over baseball fans out there I say this, we now live in a "dumbed-downed" society. Baseball HAS ALWAYS been a thinking man's game. We greatly appreciate all the chess game like manuevers that is played out while viewing a game. Football has become very popular because of the need for continual instant gratification which now permeates our society. I enjoy football too, although the college game is much more fun. The pro game has become very predicitable and somewhat robotic in my opinion. There is entertainment for all in watching either sport, but baseball is king in my household and always will be.
Um it's the exact opposite actually.  Football is 11 moving peices against 11 others in every phase of the game, with multiple phases, subsitutions, a running clock and layered rules.

Baseball essentially always boils down to pitcher (and lesser so his defense) against one batter at a time.  There are less pieces in play at any given time.

Chess is many pieces against many other pieces.  Not one piece and a bunch of pawns vs. another one piece at a time. 



Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: October 19, 2011 9:45 am
 

Low hopes for World Series ratings

To all you football over baseball fans out there I say this, we now live in a "dumbed-downed" society. Baseball HAS ALWAYS been a thinking man's game. We greatly appreciate all the chess game like manuevers that is played out while viewing a game. Football has become very popular because of the need for continual instant gratification which now permeates our society. I enjoy football too, although the college game is much more fun. The pro game has become very predicitable and somewhat robotic in my opinion. There is entertainment for all in watching either sport, but baseball is king in my household and always will be.



Since: Mar 8, 2007
Posted on: October 19, 2011 8:28 am
 

Low hopes for World Series ratings

As a baseball fan you watch some of the game but not start to finish if your team is not playing. Yankees, Redsox and Phillies would draw the lovers and the haters so that would explain the higher ratings. Maybe the Cards and Rangers will surprise us with a close and exciting series.



Since: Mar 15, 2011
Posted on: October 19, 2011 7:14 am
 

Low hopes for World Series ratings

What delights me most about this year's World Series is the NBA lockout.  It would frustrate me to no end when broadcast of the Suns would pre-empt World Series coverage.  I certainly do not enjoy listening to Fox's Buck and McCarver.   
;  


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Since: Mar 29, 2009
Posted on: October 19, 2011 2:06 am
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Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: October 18, 2011 11:47 pm
 

Baseball is NOT America's Pastime

Baseball isn't even America's most popular sport anymore.  It was surpassed by football long ago.  As the pace of life has gotten faster, the pace of baseball games has gotten slower.  Both the pitcher and batter have to adjust their caps and their cups, and then visualize success. before every pitch.  Then, invariably, one of them steps off of the rubber or out of the box and starts the arduous process over again.  
 
In the golden days of baseball, games were seldom slower than 2 hours and 15 minutes.  Now they are seldom faster than 3 hours and 15 minutes.  Anyone with basic internet skills can find the score of any baseball game online faster than the amount of time spent in between the average pitch.    
 
No wonder nobody gives a she-hit about baseball anymore. 


XSGame
Since: Mar 29, 2009
Posted on: October 18, 2011 9:17 pm
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Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: October 18, 2011 7:33 pm
 

Low hopes for World Series ratings

They refuse to speed up the game.  Here is a very easy fix: barring injury or some other sort of umpire stoppage, if a pitcher throws a pitch and the batter isn't ready, it's a strike.  That includes if you're the next batter up and you are too lazy to get in the box.  If your dumbass teammate is busy shaking his fist and the pitcher throws the ball, too bad, you just got a strike thrown.  Still arguing with the umpire?  Strike 2.  Complaining some more?  Boom, you just lost your at bat and there's another out.

This is the only sport where a player gets to call timeout whenever he wants when the other team is ready.  Imagine if Tom Brady rushes to the line, calls for the snap and...the defender wants to stop play so the pass won't count.  That's retarded.  Don't do that. 

I was a pitcher in HS and hit too (like most HS ball players).  And I don't want to watch the pros play most of the time.  I love great pitching matches, what I don't want to see is boring and slow games and shoddy hitting.  Baseball back in the day was popular BECAUSE of great pitching and quicker games.  Then MLB decided to water down the sport because they wanted more scoring and hitting.  Trust me if it was fast people love seeing a great pitcher just mow guys down.  The Yankees back in 96 are the last team that really played baseball the way it was meant to be played.





Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: October 18, 2011 7:20 pm
 

Low hopes for World Series ratings

You mean they actually have a World Series after the Yankees are eliminated?

Waste of time


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