I think yes. World Series ratings are down by 65% in the last 25 years. Same goes for the All Star Game. Fox had its worst year in ratings for their game of the week in 2012 (averaged a 2 share for 24 games). Don't let the local TV deals or fantasy leagues fool you.
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You know, the steroids issue has been very underrated in terms of the decline of the game. The entire strategy of the game changed. The ball is no longer in play as much. Getting the key extra base hit or moving runners over is now gone.
All the baseball field near my home lay empty most of the summer. When I was a kid in the Bronx there was never an empty field (or court). I just see kids skateboard by them all. Kids don't get together on their own anymore and play pickup ball.
I could not agree more. Although it would mean less revenue, 150 games max would be great. Start mid April, not in the cold weather. End by mid September. Get the playoff drame started before the NFL kicks into high gear.
Absolutely. More meaningful games would help. I believe more teams in the playoffs could cut the obvious revenue loss. Not the total loss, but it would help and be great for the cities involved. There is no creativity for the future and it is sad.
Thanks, Raymond. I think your comment speaks volumes about what baseball will become: a "niche" sport for the diehard fan. I see the empty fields near my house as well as the empty stadiums and I can't see baseball coming back.
First off...Jeter is a lock HoFer. No doubt it. He's a winner. But I think the decline will continue for baseball. It's going to get edged out. It'll take 20 years or so.
I agree on the family-oriented part of your argument. Safeco Field is very family friendly and it's not uncommon to see young kids even at a night game. But the games are on too late in many markets for kids to watch. So that's still a problem. Thx.
Great comment. It encapsulates my feelings exactly. That's coming from someone your age and you're very aware of what's going on. Although I saw a rare sight on Saturday: a dad hitting fungos to his son at the local field (which is always empty).
Tim, I agree with a lot, but time is not on baseball's side. Ratings are getting worse every week (yes, school not out yet). Hockey beat it last month among those under 30. Within 5 yrs there will be a "market crash" for the sport.
Interesting take. Never thought about it that way. We have become an instant gratification society, so your point is well taken.
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Thx for the take, Rilese. Interesting to note that as you got older, baseball played less and less of a role. I've checking attendance for this year and it's down again. Even at Safeco, the place looks empty on the weekends.