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Written by Maury Brown   
Wednesday, 10 October 2007 08:36

Baseball Prospetcus

As we move past the Division Series play of MLB’s postseason, I take a look on Baseball Prospectus today at how the new dynamic of TBS broadcasting games fits into the picture, as well as how the stream of Red Sox/Yankees tilts on television during the regular season can create problems with baseball’s continued run of parity in the postseason. As reported on Baseball Prospectus:

The problem is that while parity is great for the regular season, when it comes time for the playoffs to roll around, a slate populated with big-market, well-entrenched, storied franchises is what MLB and the television execs at FOX and TBS want to see. In their first dip into the MLB postseason pool, TBS has seen healthy numbers over the course of Division Series play, which is perhaps surprising, as this is the first time in history that all games were broadcast on cable—there are no over-the-air broadcasts by FOX and to a lesser extent ESPN this year. As of Sunday, TBS had grabbed 5.4 million viewers, compared to 4.5 million last year on ESPN, ESPN2, and FOX, an impressive jump.

I also critique the TBS broadcasts, hitting on the performances of Cal Ripken, Jr., Frank Thomas, Alyssa Milano, the wretched work that Chip Caray has done and provide some ratings figures to mull over as we get ready for the LCS. Could MLB and network execs be in store for a bit of a champagne hangover?

Maury Brown

Maury Brown is the founder and president of the Business of Sports Network, which includes The Biz of Baseball, The Biz of Football and The Biz of Basketball (The Biz of Hockey will be launching shortly). He is also a contributor to Baseball Prospectus contributed to the 2007 Pro Football Prospectus and is an available freelance writer.

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