Friday, September 26, 2008
Stuff like this just pisses me off. FOX has decided to replace the Mets-Marlins game, which has huge Playoff implications, with the possibly meaningless Yankees-Red Sox game. The main game for the network will be the Cubs and Brewers, but most of the East Coast (25% of the country in total) will be getting the Yanks and Sox. Via NY Daily News....
Looking at the final Saturday of the regular season as a chance to max out on its baseball ratings, Fox is playing it strictly by the book. It's betting a traditional rivalry - even though the game means nothing - will get a bigger rating than a contest, featuring a New York team, with huge playoff implications.While I understand that the Sox-Yankees rivalry normally gets good ratings throughout the season, and that Boston could be playing for the division, but there's no way that it would beat out a Mets game with their trip to the Playoffs on the line. If the Rays clinch the AL East tonight, the Red Sox are probably going to just bench their starters, and 25% of the country will be stuck with a dreadful game. I just don't understand the move. And I, like most of the country, want to let Mets' schadenfreude wash over me this weekend.
Also, bringing the Cubs, the biggest ratings magnets in baseball, into 30% of the country offers further proof the Foxies are playing chalk here.
In the final weekend of the regular season, Fox ain't taking a chance by betting on what it considers a ratings longshot. Before the regular season, Fox guarantees a certain average rating to advertisers for its baseball package. Not delivering on that "guarantee" is terrible for Fox's bottom line.
Oh well. At least TBS picked up the slack so we can enjoy the misery on Sunday. Here's the announcing schedule if you're interested....
Chicago Cubs at Milwaukee Brewers - Josh Lewin and Mark Grace (FOX, 3:55pm, 63%)
Markets Include: Albuquerque, Atlanta, Austin, Birmingham, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dallas, Dayton, Denver, Detroit, Greenville, Houston, Indianapolis, Knoxville, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Louisville, Memphis, Milwaukee, Nashville, New Orleans, Oklahoma City, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, St. Louis, Tulsa
New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox - Dick Stockton and Jerry Remy (FOX, 3:55pm, 25%)
Markets Include: Boston, Buffalo, Charlotte, Fort Myers, Greensboro, Hartford, Jacksonville, Miami, New York, Norfolk, Orlando, Providence, Raleigh, Richmond, Tampa, West Palm Beach
Washington Nationals at Philadelphia Phillies - Tom McCarthy, Tim McCarver & Ken Rosenthal (FOX, 3:55pm, 7%)
Markets Include: Baltimore, Philadelphia, Washington
Kansas City Royals vs Minnesota Twins - Chris Rose and Bert Blyleven (FOX, 3:55pm, 4%)
Markets Include: Kansas City, Minneapolis
TBS MLB on Deck - Ernie Johnson, Cal Ripken and Dennis Eckersley (TBS, 12:30pm)
Florida Marlins at New York Mets - Chip Caray and Harold Reynolds (TBS, 1pm)
MLB 2008: An Epic Season (ESPN, 8:30pm)
Mets not Fox-y enough for national broadcast (NY Daily News)