Red Sox Talk: NESN TV Ratings Have Plummeted This Season And The Answer Speaks To More Of What Baseball Has Become
Not truly enjoying the NESN Boston Red Sox broadcasts this season?
Well, you are not alone in that department with many Red Sox fans turning the TV off.
Boston Red Sox president Sam Kennedy confirmed it this weekend, telling the Boston Globe that ratings on NESN are down 20 percent. He explained a couple of possible reasons for the fall.
“First of all, I don’t think we’ve played our best baseball yet, but we’re in first place and hopefully things are coming together for us,” he said. “I also think we’ve had a good number of day games. We started with four day games on the road in Detroit.”
Kennedy is right on the day game theory with 26 of the 80 games played taking place during the day when most people are at work.
But that doesn’t account for such a large drop-off.
It could be the absence of fan favorite David Ortiz whose final season drove up ratings last season. Or the fact that many rank NESN’s broadcast as one of the worst in baseball. But the truth is the rating decline has been taking place for almost a decade now with last season being the only uptick.
Even with a winning ballclub, these ratings talk more about what baseball has become than the actual broadcast team or the team that is on the field.