Re: Start times for ALDS games ( or why pro football has replaced baseball as the country's most popular sport).
posted at 10/2/2013 1:49 PM EDT
I don't know what the total numbers are, but suspect the OP is right about overall popularity.
What I don't agree with is the notion MLB is being dumb. For starters, the networks are the key to the game times, and the networks are looking for the best ratings. Also, I think it is true to say the MLB has never been more popular or profitable than it is right now, and television is a big part of that.
It's the beginning of the playoffs and all 8 teams are playing on Friday. Two of the teams, Oakland and LA, are on the West Coast, so they get the later games.
And I seem to recall World Series games in the 1950's were mostly played during the day. Of course, nobody actually went to work in the 1950's, so they didn't mind day games.
Americans love two sports that most other countries aren't that interested in--American football and baseball. But we also like basketball a lot, hockey somewhat, and even soccer (everybody else's football). We even watch womens softball, volleyball, basketball, and soccer.
Still, baseball gets a lot of attention. Did I forget to mention all those minor league teams--I'm guessing at least 120-- with ballparks all over the place, to say nothing of little league, high school, and college baseball?