Not sure if you’ve been paying attention but the World Series is going on and unlike some of the Fall Classics in recent years, it’s actually been pretty entertaining.
I’m not sure what happened to the World Series over the last couple decades but I remember when the Series was must-see TV and everything else took a back seat as far as TV viewing goes. It used to be that all of the other sports would’nt dare go head to head with the Series but that’s no longer the case because the network programmers have seen that college and NFL football telecasts can no hang with the Series in terms of drawing viewers.
While the numbers for this seasons’ Series between the Yankees and the Phillies are way up from last seasons’ yawner featuring the Phils and Tampa Bay (2008 Series was an all-time low so the numbers had no where to go but up), the Series still doesn’t seem to carry the cache it once did. FOX can thank the Yankees and the star power of the Phils for the boost but a simple scheduling change could actually increase those totals even more.
With college and NFL teams just hitting the juiciest part of their respective schedules when the Series typically gets underway in late October, wouldn’t it make sense to start the MLB season a few weeks earlier? This would keep the sports public focused on baseball until it’s conclusion rather than losing millions of viewers to football not to mention the start of the NBA season which also coincides with the Series.
All of these events at one time is sports fan heaven but programmers should realize that football is king and that there are only so many pieces of the pie to go around. By moving the season’s start date back a few weeks MLB would solve its overcrowding issue and baseball might be able to revert back to its glory days as being the No. 1 sport in the country. Until a change like that is made, football will continue to rule the day and the World Series will continue to receive the same amount of chatter around the water cooler as the Virginia Tech-East Carolina game will come Friday morning.