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“If you don’t pitch in, this is what’s gonna happen.” - Mitch Williams, during a clip of @BMcCarthy32’s injury last year.
Cause hitters never hit pitches back up the middle on guys who pitch in?
Even when Mitch says something like this there is a sincerity to it that I admire.
If I could trade ESPN for MLBN straight up, I would.
ESPN intentionally showed the Pittsburgh-Oakland game the other day.
My friends and I also think it would be great to create an all-time league with the OOTP or Diamond Mind Engine and with the graphic engine of MLB2K in the off-season. Show a game of the night and have highlights just like it was a real game. Have the MLBN ex-players be the managers. "Here comes manager Harold Reynolds to take out Dizzy Dean."
In the off-season, MLBN should show more winter league games. Heck, create their own league to create their own original content.
I've told the story before but early this year I was reviewing my cable options and one of the things I discovered is that if I could give up ESPN it would have virtually zero impact on my viewing at all.
it's pretty clear the espn has dumped baseball. now, espn is supposed to be responding to its viewership and if the viewership isn't asking for baseball content then my takeaway is whether I should be concerned about the lack of 'popular' interest
t's pretty clear the espn has dumped baseball. now, espn is supposed to be responding to its viewership and if the viewership isn't asking for baseball content then my takeaway is whether I should be concerned about the lack of 'popular' interest
If you didn't know anything about sports but watched ESPN you'd think the NBA was the most popular sport in America, or if not very close to the NFL.
I don't think this is remotely true.
I believe Der K was saying it isn't remotely true that NBA isn't very popular.
I don't think that is true. I read Der K as responding to this sentence.
The reality is the NBA is closer to hockey in popularity than baseball, much less the NFL.
Also, to the larger point, I think ESPN is doing just fine without all of our free business advice.
ESPN averaged 1.3 million viewers in primetime during Q2, down 32% from the same period last year and the lowest primetime audience for the net in at least seven years. ESPN was no doubt hurt by a sharp drop for its NBA Playoff coverage. The net’s 17 postseason telecasts averaged 4.0 million viewers, down 36% from 6.2 million viewers last year.
espn just got done laying off several hundred people as well.
ESPN takes itself and sports way too seriously at this point.
For several hours, five days a week they broadcast a show consisting of Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith talking past each other. That's possibly the least serious thing conceived by man.
First Take drives the bus. Studio shows have devolved into debate formats because of the success of Bayless and Smith. #EmbraceDebate
That's possibly the least serious thing conceived by man.
In none of those places was the NBA noticeably more popular than hockey
Granted it's been a while since I watched ESPN (with MLB Channel, why bother?) but it seemed to me that as far as they were concerned if it wasn't the Yankees-Red Sox, it may as well not exist. Their myopia is their downfall as far as I'm concerned.
I've lived in the PNW, Los Angeles, SFO, New York, Washington DC, and Minneapolis. In all of these places other than MPLS, the NBA is markedly more popular than hockey. If you lived in New York and thought hockey was as popular as the Knicks, you weren't paying any damned attention.
PTI was around for years and didn't have the same impact. ESPN didn't "Embrace Debate" until First Take starting non-stop arguing about Tebow and LeBron, the ratings increased and the producer behind that was promoted to a VP position.
Sez you. The NY-Philly area supports 4 NHL teams, and I knew a bunch of Penguins fans in middle school. Winter sports talk was way more hockey than hoops. In those early days of fantasy sports, when everyone had to do it themselves, the kids I knew made their own fantasy hockey leagues before they made fantasy basketball ones. WFAN radio was at least as much hockey talk as basketball talk. I'm talking 1980s, so maybe it's different now, but the NHL was at least as big a deal as the NBA in north-central Jersey.
Dragons ####### cars.
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