Chicago-area Little League team gets better ratings than Cubs, White Sox

Fans in Chicago showed a lot of interest in the Little League World Series on Thursday.
Fans in Chicago showed a lot of interest in the Little League World Series on Thursday. (USATSI)

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The 2014 Little League World Series opened on Thursday with the Jackie Robinson West team from Chicago beating the team from Lynwood, Washington by the score of 12-2.

According to the Chicago Tribune, the game drew a 2.4 rating in Chicago on ESPN, which means it was on in approximately 70,000 homes. How does that compare to the hometown Cubs and White Sox? Here's the answer:

That’s higher than the average 2014 ratings for Cubs and White Sox on Comcast SportsNet. Through last week, the Cubs were averaging a 1.5 rating on CSN, while the Sox were at 1.4. WGN-Ch. 9 did not disclose their numbers.

Yikes. Though, to be fair, we're comparing one game in a high-profile tournament to a season average for two non-contending teams. Still, I would like think MLB clubs could outdraw the Little League World Series team from their same city.

Jackie Robinson West plays its next game on Sunday against Las Vegas.

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Mike Axisa joined CBS Sports in 2013. He has been a member of the BBWAA since 2015 and has previously written about both fantasy baseball and real life baseball for MLBTradeRumors.com, FanGraphs.com, RotoAuthority.com,... Full Bio

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