Spectacular ratings for an All Star spectacle

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The numbers are in, and this week’s 15-inning All Star marathon at Yankee Stadium was a huge ratings hit. As Maury Brown at the Biz of Baseball reports, an estimated 14.54 million viewers watched the game, the most viewers of the Mid-Summer Classic in the last six years. Brown also notes that Monday’s Home Run Derby was the highest rated cable TV broadcast of the year and that merchandise sales — including the popular Statues on Parade — and FanFest attendance reached record highs as well. Brown does offer up an interesting question to ponder: How can MLB top this year’s Yankee Stadium send-off next year and in years to come?

Yanks, Sexson reach tentative deal
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  • Sam

    Can they? I’d argue that the big reason people watched this was because it was all about the Yankees and their stadium.

    • radnom

      Yeah. I think Hamilton in the derby helped stir up some excitment for the game as well.

      • Ivan

        It’s funny were knocking it for the lack of “stars”

  • Manimal

    Wow, maybe they should make the old Yankee stadium the permanent place of the All star game like they should do to Athens Greece and the Olympics and like what the NFL did with the Probowl in Hawaii.

    • radnom

      Because the Olympics are always held in Athens Greece……………………………

    • radnom

      my mistake, didn’t see the “should do”. You really think they should keep the olympics in one place?

  • pat

    anybody read that jim caple article about thr allstar game on espn? it was such bullshit he basically talked about how the one at fenway was soooo much better and classier. he called this years a ripoff of what the sox did. then in the last few sentences he mentions how it was pretty cool they had the old timers line up in their old positions. i dont like to speculate about the supposed red sox bias but its shit like that that pisses me off why disparage? such crap

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

      Jim Caple has been and always will be a hack and a ridiculously biased Red Sox fan/anti-Yankees writer. Don’t waste your time with him.

      • steve (different one)

        i don’t think he is a Sox fan. but he HATES the yankees. and makes no attempt to hide it.

        i think he’s a mariners fan?

        • JohnnyC

          Caple’s from Minnesota originally, grew up a Twins fan, moved to Seattle in the ’90s. And, yes, he has openly admitted his anti-Yankees bias. It’s silly how the “little kids who hated the big, bad Yankees” never grew up and became objective journalists — and they keep getting jobs from other “little kids who hated the big, bad Yankees.” When do Caple and the other professional haters take the binky out of their mouths?

  • Simon B.

    Is it me, or is this the first time in a very, very long time where there has been a positive news story on baseball’s TV ratings?

    It seems like every time the topic of TV ratings come up, it’s always disappointing.

  • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

    Where are Mike and the Mad Dog to break down these numbers and help us make sense of all this???

  • bkight13

    The HR derby should be 2 rounds only. After the 8 guys hit in the 1st round, drop the bottom 2 and let the rest get a second round with the leaders going last and add both rounds together. Highest total wins. Three rounds is too many for most players. Hamilton would’ve had the title locked up and could just put on an exhibition without worrying about tiring out.