In this AP story, Bud Selig describes how he wants to shorten the postseason next year by eliminating off days (gee, ya’ think?) — MLB added four extra days off in the postseason last year when it shifted to a Wednesday start for the World Series.
What struck me in this piece was a nugget comparing the TV ratings for this year’s World Series Game One with 2007 and 2006.
Selig was pleased with the rating for the Series opener, a 3-2 win by the Philadelphia Phillies over the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday night. The game earned a 9.2 rating and 15 share on Fox, the network said.
That’s down 12 percent from the 10.5 for last year’s opener between the Boston Red Sox and Colorado Rockies but up 15 percent from the 8.0 for the St. Louis Cardinals-Detroit Tigers matchup two years ago.
Excuse me? Fifteen-percent more viewers want to watch the traditionless Tampa Bay Rays than flagship franchises from Detroit and St. Louis?
(This post also appeared at BaseballBlend.com)