Bob Costas is never shy with an opinion. In a New York Times opinion piece written by Jonathan Mahler, Costas was quoted as saying baseball would be in trouble if Tampa Bay and Cincinnati met later this month in the World Series. More specifically, Costas used the word "screwed."
Here's the exact quote:
“If Tampa Bay plays Cincinnati in the World Series, I don’t care if the series goes seven games and every game goes into extra innings, baseball is screwed. That’s not fair to the Rays or the Reds, but it’s true.”
Certainly if that ends up being this year's World Series, the potential for having another low-rated Fall Classic would be high. And while Major League Baseball officials can't be happy with Costas' comments, they have to privately agree that a Rays-Reds World Series would be devastating for ratings..
The Mahler op-ed article looks over some of baseball's problems, but also stresses some of its positives. If Tampa Bay and Cincinnati do indeed survive their respective leagues, one can imagine MLB trying to find an angle to promote a small market World Series.
Bob Z Dumb post !!! Costas would make a commissioner for baseball This is his game and he has a lot of good ideas
Baseball is living in the past. Sure fan attendance is alright, but when you get get tickets on stubhub for peanuts on the day of the game its always going to be fine. Heck, the NHL has great attendance. TV ratings is what matters now, and nevermind the NFL, Baseball isn't even in the same echelon as the NBA or big time College Football when it comes to eyeballs on the screens. 162 games is a joke. People don't have the time now to sit through every game. Evolve or die, Baseball isn't evolving. Its stuck in the past. The newspaper industry of professional sports.
C'mon its baseball. Don't think there isn't some sort of fix going. NFL - for sure there is fixing, NBA has been rumored for years and more or less obvious.
@awfulannouncing But it will be Red Sox-Pirates. Not screwed. SAVED.
ESPN radio ad for Mondays program. "What do the Yankees have to do to contend next season" Really ESPN? The playoffs are starting and you're talking about the Yankees chances for next season? I'm so sick of this crap. I loathe Bud Selig for letting it go on all these years. I loathe ESPN and Fox for caring about nothing but football and I even loathe the MLB network for their telecasts most nights of the season featuring the Yankees, Mets, Red Sox, or Braves.
I think everyone knew what he was saying. His premise is stupid, from a fans standpoint. The two best teams should play, period.
Yeah ... an original NL market with a regional fanbase vs. one of the most exciting young teams in baseball. That's "screwing" the game. Blame ESPN for force-feeding Boston & New York down our throats for years to the point where we don't know anyone else.
Costas is a fool. The biggest wannabe in the history of the planet. Last kid picked un gym class = first self-proclaimed expert to run his yap. The man lives vicariously through others.
Sadly Bob is right. Baseball is guilty of a self-fulfilling prophecy: the more they believe that people will only watch Yankees, Red Sox, Cubs, and Dodgers, and the more they tell people that those are the only teams to watch, the more people will tune out the other teams.
Anyway, here's to an I-71 Series between the Indians and Reds.
@gallandwormwood I saw this earlier! Baseball is about any team being able to beat any other team, it's the beauty of the game!
Why Bob Why ???? They made the playoff so if they it to the World Series they made it the Old Fashioned Way THEY EARNED IT !!!!
@awfulannouncing in other news, Bob Costas still sucks.
If the Yankees Red Sox or Dodgers were in it every year his nipples would get hard like in Basketball!
Dear Bob, Oh and seeing the Red Sux, Skankees, and Dudgers is great for baseball again how???? Love, People Who Think You Suck!
I don't think some of you are reading Costas' remarks. He's not saying it wouldn't be a great series; it might be. He's saying that the TV ratings would be awful, which hurts baseball and its broadcast partners in a business sense. The casual, occasional fan doesn't watch if the Series is between teams they don't follow. And it's the viewership of part-time fans, not just the hard core ones, that determine whether the telecasts make money.
@awfulannouncing they should adopt a BCS like selection
The entire wildcard concept sucks. Go back to two divisions and eliminate some of the perennially shitty teams like Houston
@awfulannouncing the day bob costas stops talking sports will be a good day
@awfulannouncing what size are the lifts in Bob's shoes?
@awfulannouncing Costas is a joke. His opinion should be ignored
Baseball really has themselves to blame. They promote no other rivalry but Boston and New York. I'm a fan of the Tigers and I believe they were on Sunday Night Baseball (which is supposed to be baseball's game of the week) twice and not since May. A first place team not on baseball's game of the week the season's last five months? Yet the fourth place Yankees were on ESPN at least two times per week.
@tsnmike Apparently Indians-Pirates or Braves-A's is a huge drawing card.
@davewhy555 Very well said DaveWhy. Back in the day when husband went off to work and got home promptly at 5:30 to a tidy house and warm dinner, baseball was easily in play. It wasn't a 'burden'. It made sense. But that was before every kid played multiple sports year-round (local town leagues, travel club and junior Olympic teams, school teams). Before 50% of 2-parent homes had both parents working and that 25% of families are single parent. People don't have time or energy for baseball. And the regular "box office" prices, holy $hit. I scooped up 2 great tickets for about 5-6 games this year for less than $100 (total!) thanks to Stubhub and brokers taking a bathe on tix. But going for full price or sitting to watch 3-hour games on TV every night for 6 months? Not a chance! I'll MAYBE watch the last inning or 2 IF ITS CLOSE. For what its worth, I'm an employed 35yo lifelong baseball fan (ideal advertising demographic for beer/cars/insurance). Good chance I'll watch about ten innings (in total) of this year's playoffs. Sorry for the rant. (Your opinion was so good, I wanted to tell you boss...I just got a little off subject.)
@ndavis_28 @awfulannouncing You are a moron.