Baseball Is Not Dying?

1151 WordsApr 5, 20175 Pages
Baseball is not dying. This phrase may be hard to believe because of the many assumptions made by sports journalist that say that the sport is dying, but the fact is that most of these assumptions, and the reasonings that they provide are dead wrong. Low national Television ratings, declining attendance, a dwindling number of youth participants, and a shrinking revenue are just a few of the reasons that they cite for baseball’s deaths. The sad thing about theses assumptions is that the majority of them are all wrong, and not well researched. Baseball may have low national television ratings, but there has been a recent success in the national ratings, and constant growth at the regional level. Attendance has not been declining, but has in…show more content…
The only problem with using this as a reason for baseball’s death is that both of these reasonings are not just far beyond on reasonable, but are downright atrocious. To begin the comparison between the NFL and MLB should just not be made in general. The MLB plays a completely different style game with a season ten times as long as the NFL’s. Also the NFL really only aires games twice a week, but you can almost find an MLB game on any day of the week. Only airing games twice a week makes it a lot easier for the casual fan to keep up with what is going on in the league, then having to watch a game every day of the week. The other comparison of Baseball’s old ratings to now is also a terrible comparison. A common comparison to hear is the 2013 World Series to the 1971 world series. Game three of the 2013 world series is often referred to as the “third lowest world series game ever”. The only problem with this is that comparison like this can’t be made. Part of the reason is for the many changes is that has occurred in the television landscape since the late 70’s. Maury Brown explains it well when he says “there were approx. 800 cable systems serving 850,000 subscribers(in the 1970’s). According to The National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA), there are now 5,208 cable systems in the U.S. with the estimated total of channels offered at over 900.” (Brown). Another reason that
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