Wednesday, October 25, 2006
ESPN and Big Market Trends
This year ESPN saw its Sunday Night Baseball ratings increase 18.8 % from last year. What was their trick? Well, they can thank 6 specific cities for this increase.
The 5 highest rankings of the year:
1. Mets vs. Yankees. May 21, @ 3.5
2. Boston vs. Yankees. Aug 20, @ 3.3
3. Angels vs. Boston. July 30, @ 2.5
4. St. Louis vs. Chicago. April 9, @ 2.3
5. Mets vs. Yankees. July 2, @ 2.3
The lowest ranking in 2006.
San Diego vs San Francisco. Sept 10, @ 0.9
With these year-to-year trends, ESPN is going to end up showing exclusively Boston, NY, Philly, Chicago, L.A, and St. Louis games. I mean hell, they are basically already there. Those six cities accounted for 22 of the 26 Sunday Night games on ESPN. Of those 22 games, they were playing each other 9 times. Someone made the point to me that more fans are gravitating towards large market teams these days, regardless of where they grew up. This just may explain why that is happening. It also explains why most people I know from these cities have a deep rooted hatred for Morgan and Miller. We are forced to listen to their nonsense consistently. For example: