NESN Red Sox Broadcast Ranks Near Bottom In MLB
This might not come as a surprise to you, but Boston Red Sox fans are not big on the NESN broadcasts that cover the games.
All of this was confirmed by Awful Announcing who ran a poll of their readers to gauge their opinions on each local broadcast team around Major League Baseball. Where NESN fell is something of a travesty given where they once were.
According to Awful Announcing readers, the NESN team ranks 26th in baseball with a 1.86 rating. To understand the rankings an A vote equals 4 points, B votes are 3 points, and so on all the way down to 0 which is an F. The total number of points are than divided to by the number of votes.
1333 votes were cast on the NESN team, and 27.68% of them were F rating. Based on other teams votings, NESN was given the second-fewest A ratings and the second-most C ratings out of any team in the AL East.
The team that was being considered are the following.
-Dave O’Brien (play by play)
-Jerry Remy (analyst)
-Tom Caron (play by play – select)
-Dennis Eckersley (analyst – select)
-Steve Lyons (analyst – select)
This round of voting continues the slide from the 13th position in 2014 and the 16th position in 2016. The overall number of 1.86 in this years voting is down from 2.34 in 2016 and 2.44 in 2014.
None of this should come as a shock to NESN executives. The distaste from the network happened when they went away from Don Orsillo in favor of former WEEI play-by-play man Dave O’Brien. The dislike for NESN was highlighted a couple of weeks ago again when they installed new in-game graphics that sent many fans into an uproar. Or more recently when Orsillo called a Saturday night game in Houston for Fox on the national broadcast.
NESN has had the unique ability to not understand their audience whatsoever. They failed to see the love of Orsillo, and they fail to see what Red Sox fans want in their broadcasts.
You can see all the numbers for yourself below along with every other teams rankings: