Baseball appears to be in a predicament: what to do with scheduling the World Series?
The beauty of summer baseball is that is has a monopoly on all popular sports. The postseason doesn’t have such dominance on the American sports consciousness. Game 1 of the World Series happened to coincide with the start of the NBA season, which wasn’t good. Baseball is struggling enough to gain the attention of sports fans; why must they be on the same night?
To make matters even worse, Wednesday’s Game 2 fell on the same night as the third Republican presidential primary debate, which, in case you haven’t been paying attention politically, have been breaking records for ratings.
And even when we are watching baseball on TV, Fox Sports couldn’t even do the most important thing: actually keep baseball on TV. Is it really that hard?
It isn’t hard to see that baseball has a viewership problem, but why does MLB insist on making it worse? I’m not saying that merely fixing these small blips will act as a panacea, but surely some alleviation of scheduling issues can help. There was a time when baseball inhabited the nation’s consciousness; those times, though, have unfortunately passed.
What can be done about this? The World Series has to start earlier. Baseball should not be played in November. MLB could either start the season earlier, but temperatures in Denver and other Major League cities could be below freezing still. They could shorten the season by a few games, but less of the best sport in the world isn’t very appealing to me.
There are no easy answers, and that is why we’re here. Competing with basketball and presidential debates. How lovely.