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I am not naive, and I know all the reasons behind defaulting to prime time games, but couldn’t FOX and MLB throw schoolkids at least one frigging bone during the World Series? Saturday’s game 1 is scheduled for 8pm, but why couldn’t they play it at 4pm EST, with a Sunday night game 2? It’s not like 1 game out of a possible 7 during the day would cripple their ratings, and I am sure all those network actuaries have ways of re-balancing their ad rates to deal with one game out of prime time. It’s just another way that MLB shows their disregard for the young fan, and reveals their shortsightedness with respect to marketing the sport. One of my earliest baseball memories was going to a Sox/Reds afternoon WS game in Boston in ’75, but that possibility is now a pipe dream for any young kid, thanks to the greedy executives and TV-driven minds of both FOX and MLB. Shame.

3 comments… add one
  • Amen.

    YF October 21, 2004, 11:57 pm
  • While I certainly have no love for the executives of MLB and Fox, it is a tough thing to schedule live events to make everyone happy. So the 8:20 start is 5:20 on the west coast and 7:20 in the mid-west. And I don’t think any kid whose folks could afford to send him to a WS game at Fenway wouldn’t be overly concerned with staying up till say midnight on a Saturday night to see the game in person. Those less fortunate young sox (and card) fans will likely be able to stay up late on Saturday night.
    And my guess is that no one would be happy if the game was scheduled early on Sunday to possibly compete with the Jets/Patriots game!

    bronxborn October 22, 2004, 12:53 am
  • That makes no sense, BB. First of all, we’re talking about the Saturday game, so the conflicts are with college football, not pro. One can’t expect nine-year-old kids (not to mention poor working stiffs) on the East Coast to stay up until 1:30 am every night to watch the WS. Why can’t the Saturday game start at 4:30 EST? Why can’t they start the Sunday game at 7:00? Money is the only force at work here, not some difficulty making “everyone happy.” If baseball wants to attract kids, it should play AT LEAST SOME of its marquee games at reasonable hours.

    YF October 22, 2004, 1:04 am

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