Baseball’s Death Is Just a Superficial Myth

By | November 12, 2013

Baseball has earned a huge mark when it comes to counting down some of America’s most favorite pastimes. Whereas there are other sports that could be in contention alongside the sport, baseball is actually a major item on many American TV and live game attendance statistics. There has been a misguided notion doing rounds that after all, baseball is slowly fluttering on its death bead. However, a closer look on the ground brings in a totally different picture. Despite some studies showing that the total number of audiences following the World Series could be waning, the MLB is still major competition against the NBA, NFL, and NHL.

The secret that defines the misguided notion is probably hidden in numbers that keenly follow the game live from the local levels. TV ratings could get it wrong and give the local growth rate a second opinion, when it comes to translating popularity relying on numbers from a national level game viewership. What latest findings show is a decline in the numbers idolizing the World Series. Notably, it is estimated that the 2012 version of the World Series garnered 12.7 million in audience numbers for the top flight game pitting Giants’ against Tigers. At the same time, the NBA finals propelled by Lebron James fanaticism garnered over 17.5 million every game.
The 2013 World Series has some good news to this effect with the two games in the season clocking over 13.9 million viewers. The NBA viewership in a tentative playoff was at 14.4 million. While it seem like the NBA could have beaten baseball in big game contexts, it may be toppled by the MLB which is also in contention with the NFL. At the same time, it is good to note that the World Series rating mechanism could be doing the game a big disservice when measuring up the MLB reputation.

The previously latent baseball fraternity is slowly indicating a gradual rise, compared to some years ago. Baseball fame is showing a wider growth rate away from the local markets. Four decades ago, the Yankees and the Reds had the potential of bringing 30,000 fans to their games combined. Today, the two teams have the capacity to bring on board over 75,000 fans to their games. This alone stands for over 150 %. The advertising contract going with baseball games also tell a positive story. Even though there are tangible drops in audience numbers in recent years.
The increasing choices of other TV option have contributed to the decline of about 71 percent in baseball audiences in the last three decades. Baseball fans still have the benefit of doubt while following other teams out there. The daily access to a baseball game on the local scene means most people are safely on the inside, when it comes to deducing the current affairs in MLB circles. What most rating bodies need to agree on is that baseball is not losing fans. The only prerequisite needed here is for baseball to have fans that have meaning for their teams, and for the game too.