FOX, MLB move postseason start times up


It seems that every year recently, the MLB postseason ratings have gone down. This seems odd, as baseball is by all other accounts increasing in popularity. Is it the teams? Is it the format? Is it that the games run way past everyone’s bedtime? It could be any, but FOX and MLB are going to make sure that everyone gets a decent night’s sleep after watching the ALCS or the World Series. The two parties have agreed to push up start times a half hour, with none starting later than 7:57 p.m. Eastern. Over the past few years we’ve seen many games start around 8:30, so while this isn’t a complete overhaul, it certainly helps out a bit.

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  • Glen L

    I have no actual facts to back this up, but baseball fans, moreso than fans of other sports, seem to root for their team and once their team is out of it, lose interest pretty quickly. I would think that this, moreso than start times, is responsible for the poor ratings relative to in-season. Pure speculation

    • ARX

      How much of a ratings loss are we talking here? If its just the WS, I can sorta understand, Phillies-Rays or ChiSox-Astros aren’t exactly scintillating matchups of national interest, especially since iirc none of the last 4 or 5 Series’ have gotten past 5 games. But if 7 game classic LCS’s are down too….thats a problem.

    • ARX

      That was totally not meant to be a reply…

    • donttradecano

      I agree with that.

      • andrew

        Well I agree with it for the most part, but I thought this was in response to the World Series ratings being lower than older World Series ratings, not lower than in-season ratings

  • chriskeo

    I think that this could help with the ratings, but its only half an hour, all you need is an extra inning game or just a slow game to make these games drag on. But after all its the playoffs…

  • AndrewYF

    They should definitely do day games on Saturdays and Sundays. I can’t imagine anyone who wouldn’t love that.

    • whozat

      The networks, who would lose huge quantities of money. Fewer people watch TV on a weekend afternoon than on weekend nights. Thus, they can’t charge nearly as much for ads.

  • Matt H

    Wow, a half hour, come on, it’s almost a slap in the face.

    For WS games, they should try and start em all at 7:30 est, that would 4:30 on the west coast, which isn’t brutal.

    Then start all weekend WS games at 4, which is 1pm est.

    I know this competes with football, but I’d hope a WS game can still get ratings…

    • whozat

      You’d be wrong.

  • AlexNYC

    Unless we make the playoffs, ratings will go up. I mean were the Yankees!!!

    (I could be wrong though.)

    • Matt ACTY/BBD

      You’re sorely mistaken. The Yankees are, in fact, bad for baseball no matter what.

  • Lanny

    The only way WS ratings will be high is if the series goes 6 or 7 games. 4 game sweeps aren’t ratings winners no matter who’s playing or what time.

    • Moshe Mandel

      The Return of Lanny.

  • Aunt Becca-Optimist Prime

    Maybe it has to do with the teams playing in the World Series as much as the times?

    • Matt ACTY/BBD

      I would agree with what GlenL posted–it has more to do with the general regionalism of baseball fan-dom.

    • whozat

      Well, there’s nothing they can do about the teams, so at least they’re trying to make it so that games end before friggin’ midnight.

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      Okay this is the third time I’m asking: Why do you end your sentences, even ones that already have punctuation, with an ellipses instead of a period?

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