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Good point. Why not just put the regular "MLB Tonight" show on each day, during the same time slot?
I used to like Russo, and thought he was knowledgeable. But the more and more I listened to his show on Sirius, I realized he knows nothing. He only knows the headlines featuring the front-running teams. If you're looking for a unique perspective, go elsewhere.
4 days, 19 hours ago on Chris Russo has an MLB Network show debuting on Opening Day
That's certainly a positive spin. So NASCAR's self-proclaimed "Super Bowl" beat a garbage NBA regular season game (in which Lebron was out), by a couple million people. If they sustain that over the next few weeks, THEN it'll be a story.
1 week, 6 days ago on Daytona 500 rain delay outdraws NBA
This shouldn't be a surprise. Audiences don't flock to networks for one show. I was there when she was hired, and the first thing I said about the Crossover was "This show is going to be a failure, and the first thing they'll do is blame Briggs, and either kick him off or find a replacement." I never understood what the big deal was with Beadle. Look at the Erin Andrews situation. Much bigger name, higher profile, and I don't know one person that watches FOX(?) football because of her.
3 months ago on Is Michelle Beadle finished at NBC Sports?
How is MLB different than the NHL or NBA? In every league, every local game is on, and you have the ability to watch every game on a pay tier. I always hear that the NHL is a "regional sport," yet more kids are watching it now.
4 months ago on Kids aren't watching baseball, but why?
Great column, Ben. I think it really will all hinge on the programming. TV media and industry folk think that a network's presentation differentiates their programming. It doesn't. Fans will watch the sports they love anywhere, whether it's ESPN, Fox, NBCSN etc.
It's comical to me how a guy like Fred Gaudeli gets all of these accolades. You could put those Sunday night matchups on ANY network, and they would draw equally high ratings. Joe Fan is not sitting at home saying to himself "You know, Packers/Giants is a great game, but I'm not watching because I don't like the way it's produced."
When NBCSN took over Versus, it was Versus that led the way. NBC tried to strong arm them into the way they promoted the NHL, but if you look at their promotion side by side, VS promos were more down and dirty, and geared towards the hockey fan. NBC smartly stepped back, and took VS old direction (although you'll still see some of those awful cookie-cutter NBC promos from time to time).
Here's hoping that FS1 finds their own voice, and is not attached to the robots and other garbage sports fans hate about Fox Network.
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Fox Sports 1 faces the unenviable pressure of high expectations
The main point was only skimmed over. The reason less people are watching the All Star game is because of interleague play.
Selig can sit up on his throne and say how much fans love it, but the fact is it's killing the All Star game. It used to be a novelty to see how a top AL pitcher would do against NL hitters, or vice-versa. That's all been completely diluted, because now we see that every night. And frankly, interleague play is no longer a novelty, either.
There used to be pride playing or rooting for the All Stars. Now, players bounce around from team to team, so there's no mystery in the matchups. It's the same reason why World Series ratings are consistently declining.
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Why are fewer fans watching the MLB All-Star Game?
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Like I said, it was a phenomenal accomplishment. But to use an analogy, that would be like next year the Heat winning game 7 by 30 points, and the announcer saying "The Heat have done it! A Three-peat!" The result is historic, but the actual competition was not.
8 months, 1 week ago on Greatest Call Tournament - Round 1 Day 2
Not even sure why the Secretariat call is on here. Greatest horse ever, but it was boring from the backstretch to the wire. No real drama there.
Sums up my thoughts perfectly. If you have the MLB/NHL/NBA/NFL Network, there's no reason to watch Sportscenter. None. Those other niche nets cover their sports better than ESPN ever could, without the filler.
8 months, 1 week ago on Shaking my head at SportsCenter
Some good points here, but the fact is that none of the big market teams in LA, NY or Chicago are dominant. I'd be interested to see what ESPN's Sunday Night ratings are, too. They've had a lot of clunkers with the same teams FOX shows.
Until FOX can go to a "flex schedule," they're going to keep ramming the same matchups down our throats, regardless of where they are in the standings.
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Why are MLB on Fox ratings tanking?