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So just what kind of World Series does this guy want?
2006-09-04 21:18
by Bob Timmermann

Mike Freeman of CBS Sportsline opines that a Subway Series between the Mets and Yankees would be a bad thing for baseball. Freeman mainly thinks that this is so because it wouldn't get good TV ratings.

So what pairing in the World Series would magically draw people to watch the World Series? The all-California World Series of 2002 didn't draw well. Not a lot of people tuned in to watch the Astros and White Sox last year compared to other World Series. The World Series involving the Marlins didn't get good ratings.

I'm detecting a trend here. Perhaps the best World Series for TV ratings would be a replay of the 1975 World Series. Over and over and over and over and over.

I used to get all worked up over not wanting to see a Subway Series between the Yankees and Mets. Then there was one. I survived.

2006-09-04 21:50:40
1.   das411
I would think, barring either NY team or the deader-than-Steve-Irwin Red Sox, the best matchup ratings-wise would be the 1959 rematch, White Sox vs Dodgers. Of course the ChiSox did not draw well last year vs the 'stros, so perhaps an East vs West matchup of, say, A's/Phillies?
2006-09-04 21:54:27
2.   Bob Timmermann
Wouldn't it be better to just have a World Series that's interesting?
2006-09-04 22:37:37
3.   xaphor
[1] deader-than-Steve-Irwin Red Sox

Did Tampa Bay get the Sox too? That team is a menace. The Dodgers should consider themselves lucky to survive their many encounters with naught but a nasty infection.

As for the article, I agree that it appears many people are solely interested in their team and not the sport. But the MLB needs to do a lot more than fret over which teams make it to the final dance. In my opinion the sport does a poor job of showcasing its diverse talent base with each market focusing on its own teams exclusively. Compare it to what they do on the Bronx Banter for each series and you cannot help but wonder why we are not getting this from the mainstream outlets. It starts out by giving fans a reason to watch, cheer, and threat the upcoming match up, but ultimately sets in motion the desire to follow action outside their hometown. Maybe even getting to the point where people watch the World Series because it is the World Series.

The NFL does this wonderfully and I loathe the NFL.

2006-09-04 23:03:45
4.   Yu-Hsing Chen
I'm sure he wants some combination of

D-rays,royals vs Cubs, Pirates.

hold on , scratch the Cubs, they have a big payroll and fanbase too, howabout the Rockies?

The man should get a meantion on the fire Joe Morgan blog soon, this is really Joe Morganesque. talking bull without looking up some facts.

A. the NBA is not more popular than the MLB.

B. MLB has a larger international fanbase than NFL.

How about biotching that a lot of the low spenders are making more profit than the Yankees(AND getting revenue sharing money from the Yankees too)? or that just about every other damn owner is just as wealthy if not more than crazy George?

2006-09-04 23:12:33
5.   Brendan
I'm really ready for another Dodger/Yanks World Series. Of course as a Dodger fan I am ready for another Dodger/???
World Series as well.
2006-09-05 17:24:34
6.   grandcosmo
A Cubs vs. Red Sox World Series in 2003 would have been the perfect ratings storm.

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