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JermaineDye05
04-21-2007, 03:01 PM
I realize ESPN loves both teams, but they're not the only ones that hype these series like crazy. I just honestly don't see the big deal for a Red Sox/Yankees series in April. If it was August or September I understand but honestly this is just getting ridiculous. You'd think they'd get like that for the sereies with the Tigers/Twins/White Sox/Indians considering those are some of the best teams in the AL all in the best division.

soltrain21
04-21-2007, 04:11 PM
I'm just happy I get to watch Arod swing right now. Dude is unreal.


They are the two most popular teams in the MLB. It's not like ESPN just gives them special treatment. If you like at any sport you can see that ESPN plays favorites.

itsnotrequired
04-21-2007, 04:18 PM
They are the two most popular teams in the MLB. It's not like ESPN just gives them special treatment. If you like at any sport you can see that ESPN plays favorites.

Bingo. Most popular teams, most popular rivalry, weekend series, etc. It isn't very hard to see why.

Tragg
04-21-2007, 04:43 PM
It's not like ESPN just gives them special treatment. If you like at any sport you can see that ESPN plays favorites. I think it is that way.
The Yankees I get - they've been the most popular team for 80 years. The RedSox, however, are ESPN's home team...and they support their home team. ESPN created a lot of the RedSox popularity (as TBS did for the Braves and WGN for the Cubs). The difference is that ESPN is supposed to be a news organization.

MarySwiss
04-21-2007, 04:43 PM
Bingo. Most popular teams, most popular rivalry, weekend series, etc. It isn't very hard to see why.

Well, yes and no. You would think that networks that purport to represent sports--not just East Coast sports--would at some point get it that there actually are people who are sports fans that do not live on the East Coast.

I don't know how many of you guys are intensely following this "Red Sox-Yanks series that defines baseball and sets the standard for baseball excellence," but I for one could not care less. The closest I get is checking the box scores the next morning. Meanwhile, I can always pop in a video or something. Frankly, I'd rather watch a Brady Bunch reunion movie than the Red Sox vs. Yankees. And I'm still pulling for the Blue Jays to win that division.

Dan the Man
04-21-2007, 04:49 PM
I agree with all who say that it is a good rivalry, but also those who say that it is out of control. I woke up at 9 and flipped on SportsCenter just looking for some baseball highlights. What do I get? Baseball highlights all right, except it was 10 minutes of this garbage. It's April, please ESPN, take note that there is still 5 more months of ball!

The Racehorse
04-21-2007, 05:11 PM
ESPN treats Boston & New York as if the baseball-sun solely rises and sets on these two teams. If anyone tells me that their production meetings are not geared toward covering Red Sox & Yankees, I'd laugh in their face. Why the hell should I care about ARod & Jeter and their catfight? I don't live in New York. Why should I care about all the Dice-K mega-mania? I don't live in Boston either. There are other stories that are just as compelling on other teams, but because Boston & New York are essentially in ESPN's backyard, they're going to cover them like white on freakin' rice.

East-coast Sports Programming Network, indeed.

Lip Man 1
04-21-2007, 06:45 PM
It's all about ratings.

The myth is that this was a 'great' rivalry for years.

Ask if it was a good one in the period from about 1960 through 1974 and the answer is NO.

Personally I think the Dodgers-Giants is better because it's been a blood feud for decades.

Lip

UserNameBlank
04-21-2007, 06:57 PM
There will be a time when both the Yankees and Red Sox are sub-.500 teams, two of Toronto/TB/Orioles are sitting on top, and instead of covering a playoff race ESPN will cover their "epic" September series.

itsnotrequired
04-21-2007, 07:07 PM
There will be a time when both the Yankees and Red Sox are sub-.500 teams, two of Toronto/TB/Orioles are sitting on top, and instead of covering a playoff race ESPN will cover their "epic" September series.

Will the Red Sox/Yankees still have gigantic fan bases at that time? If so, get ready to see the games.

MrT27
04-21-2007, 09:19 PM
The Yankees and Red Sox are both two very good teams and divison rivals. In addition to that they have some of the if not the largest fan bases in the league, plus ESPN is airing the games. If you were head of ESPN and a game like Washinton v. Florida equal air time, you wouldn't have that job long.

The way I've seen it is if you want you local baseball team coverage, tune into the nightly news or something like your local Comcast Sports Net (like the pre and post game show). If you want national baseball coverage, you go to ESPN.

RadioheadRocks
04-21-2007, 09:21 PM
Eastern
Seaboard
Propaganda
Network

and that says it all right there.

Deebs14
04-21-2007, 09:32 PM
If you continously broadcast the same select few mother****ing teams around the clock like they do with squads like the Red Sox and Yankees then of course they're gonna develop massive followings.

**** both of these teams...I'd rather watch the Golden Girls.

JB98
04-21-2007, 09:38 PM
If you call something the greatest rivalry in sports for long enough, it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Ziggy S
04-21-2007, 09:46 PM
If you call something the greatest rivalry in sports for long enough, it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Also, see the advertisements of Beautiful Wrigley Field.

RadioheadRocks
04-21-2007, 09:52 PM
"My wife told me I'm not as disgusting to her as I used to be." -John Kruk

Saw Kruk on ESPN early this morning; is it my imagination or is he off the Nutri-System???

Deebs14
04-21-2007, 09:56 PM
Saw Kruk on ESPN early this morning; is it my imagination or is he off the Nutri-System???

I don't think he was ever on it to begin with...he's always been a load.

This quote just cracks me up in so many ways.

He needs to grow out the mullet again. :Rocker:

thomas35forever
04-21-2007, 10:05 PM
Here's the thing. ESPN is located on the east coast. If it were located here, they'd be saying the Cubs and Cardinals are the greatest rivalry in sports. West Coast? Giants-Dodgers. Get the picture?

itsnotrequired
04-21-2007, 11:59 PM
Here's the thing. ESPN is located on the east coast. If it were located here, they'd be saying the Cubs and Cardinals are the greatest rivalry in sports. West Coast? Giants-Dodgers. Get the picture?

I don't understand at all.

It's time to get over the ESPN-Red Sox-Yankees "conspiracy". Sox fans should be lucky enough that WGN exists to pick up games. Imagine how fans of teams like the Marlins, Devil Rays, Royals, Rockies, Pirates and well over half the freakin' league feels.

chitownhawkfan
04-22-2007, 02:01 AM
Do the mother ****ers at ESPN not know that this infuriates the fans of the other 28 teams? To start Sportscenter with eight minutes of Sawx/Yankees, and then to go back to them later in the show is ridiculous. Meanwhile, the last two pennant winners in the AL got forty seconds tops. I just wish there was a viable alternative to ESPN nationally so people would have an alternative.

UserNameBlank
04-22-2007, 12:15 PM
I don't understand at all.

It's time to get over the ESPN-Red Sox-Yankees "conspiracy". Sox fans should be lucky enough that WGN exists to pick up games. Imagine how fans of teams like the Marlins, Devil Rays, Royals, Rockies, Pirates and well over half the freakin' league feels.
The Pirates have fans??? :o:

Jurr
04-22-2007, 12:52 PM
The Pirates have fans??? :o:
They mostly exist from birth. My Pittsburgh native girlfriend of 9 years is a Bucs fan, though she has been enamored with the Sox since she went to her first game in '98.

It's so funny to watch that dynamic. The girl can tell you the entire Sox roster and from what side all of our pitchers deal from, she watches much more Sox baseball than Pirates games, but she still claims her love for the Pirates first and foremost. I think something's in the water up there in PA.

itsnotrequired
04-22-2007, 12:55 PM
The Pirates have fans??? :o:

I hope the teal was implied here. Of course they have fans.

All the teeth gnashing by fans of teams on the the same level as the Sox about being slighted by the national media is a joke. The Sox get far more national coverage than the teams I mentioned above.

kittle42
04-22-2007, 01:55 PM
All the teeth gnashing by fans of teams on the the same level as the Sox about being slighted by the national media is a joke. The Sox get far more national coverage than the teams I mentioned above.

Come on now, you'll upset all the folks who somehow only see Yankees, Red Sox, and Cubs in their national coverage - then what would they have to complain about?

itsnotrequired
04-22-2007, 01:57 PM
Come on now, you'll upset all the folks who somehow only see Yankees, Red Sox, and Cubs in their national coverage - then what would they have to complain about?

I'm sure they'll find something.:tongue:

HotelWhiteSox
04-22-2007, 02:09 PM
I hope the teal was implied here. Of course they have fans.

All the teeth gnashing by fans of teams on the the same level as the Sox about being slighted by the national media is a joke. The Sox get far more national coverage than the teams I mentioned above.

Is it that much more? The Sox also win a lot more than those teams you mentioned. There is no conspiracy, ESPN and most of their hosts have been admitting they are east coast biased for a few years now. The why this series has been covered has been a joke. I'm pretty sure ESPN does not regulalry broadcast Friday games, and just in cased you missed it, they showed every pitch on Baseball Tonight. Meanwhile tonight's game is being marketed as 'The Perfect Game'.

itsnotrequired
04-22-2007, 02:29 PM
Is it that much more? The Sox also win a lot more than those teams you mentioned. There is no conspiracy, ESPN and most of their hosts have been admitting they are east coast biased for a few years now. The why this series has been covered has been a joke. I'm pretty sure ESPN does not regulalry broadcast Friday games, and just in cased you missed it, they showed every pitch on Baseball Tonight. Meanwhile tonight's game is being marketed as 'The Perfect Game'.

So how does that bother you as a Sox fan? Who cares if they have a bias? Good for them. I would love for the Sox to have a network that did the same for us but the fact is we don't. Do you think people that watch WGN and TBS bitch about all the Sox, Cubs and Braves games? If ESPN didn't exist, no one would care.

Fenway
04-22-2007, 02:37 PM
Bingo. Most popular teams, most popular rivalry, weekend series, etc. It isn't very hard to see why.

and they got 2 very exciting games....

itsnotrequired
04-22-2007, 02:41 PM
and they got 2 very exciting games....

But there were other exciting games as well! ESPN sux!

:redneck

Fenway
04-22-2007, 02:47 PM
But there were other exciting games as well! ESPN sux!

:redneck

Guess who is playing the Sunday Night game tonight on ESPN :tongue:

NardiWasHere
04-22-2007, 04:41 PM
Meanwhile tonight's game is being marketed as 'The Perfect Game'.

I don't think "The Perfect Game" has anything to do with NYY/BOS. That's the ESPN baseball slogan this year I think. If they were showing a baseball commercial for any game, it would be billed as the perfect game.

Dan the Man
04-22-2007, 04:50 PM
Meanwhile tonight's game is being marketed as 'The Perfect Game'.

Any game with Dice-K pitching is The Perfect Game right?

FedEx227
04-22-2007, 06:24 PM
Any game with Dice-K pitching is The Perfect Game right?

I'm almost positive he threw 87 perfect games in Japan, I mean he is Dice-K after all.

itsnotrequired
04-22-2007, 06:34 PM
I don't think "The Perfect Game" has anything to do with NYY/BOS. That's the ESPN baseball slogan this year I think. If they were showing a baseball commercial for any game, it would be billed as the perfect game.

Don't let facts stand in the way of a good Red Sox/Yankees/ESPN hatefest.

:D:

bigfoot
04-22-2007, 07:23 PM
Any game with Dice-K pitching is The Perfect Game right?

Yep, the Perfect Ratings Storm! Advertisers the world over are bidding this one way up!

HotelWhiteSox
04-22-2007, 08:50 PM
So how does that bother you as a Sox fan? Who cares if they have a bias? Good for them. I would love for the Sox to have a network that did the same for us but the fact is we don't. Do you think people that watch WGN and TBS bitch about all the Sox, Cubs and Braves games? If ESPN didn't exist, no one would care.

Watching how division rivals did? Feeling bad for out of the towners who want to see some coverage? Others have it worse, but I don't see how that excuses ESPN. If they want to change their name to NESN or whatever, that's fine, but they're not. And yes they are powerful. There are more casual fans who will follow and eat everything ESPN feeds them, and it shows when people don't watch the World Series when one of these two teams aren't in. That hurts the sport as well, since there's a lot of good baseball played ouside of those two states? ESPN does exist, and I don't see how WGN or TBS compares, those are much different. ESPN is a full time sports network and not the official network for any one team (though it's hard to tell)

The Racehorse
04-22-2007, 09:21 PM
What the heck, I'm watching this kid Chase Wright just give up back to back jacks times freakin' 4... if I were him, I'd be knocking guys down. BoSox hitters are way to comfortable at the plate.

rowand33
04-22-2007, 09:22 PM
bias aside, this has been a pretty sweet game.

The BoSox just hit back-to-back-to-back-to-back homeruns off of this chase wright kid.

ComiskeyBrewer
04-23-2007, 06:32 AM
So early this morning i was listening to the David Stein show on Sporting News Radio. He was going on and on about the 4 home runs that the Red Sox hit, and said "if the Brewer and Royals were playing and hit four Home Runs, i would watch that".

That got me thinking about the Brewers' 5 HR inning one year ago vs the Reds(which i was at). So i shot him an email.


David,

You said that if the Brewers and the Royals were playing and hit 4 home runs(in a row) in one game, you would watch. Well, last year the Brewers hit 5 Home Runs in one inning(April 22 vs. the Cincinnati Reds). I am curious if you talked about that at all last year. It did tie a Major League record. Which do you feel is more impressive? Love your show, hope you feel better.

Sean in Wisconsin.


He then read it over the air, and said


Good point, Sean. I probably mentioned it that night and never thought about it again. I'll admit to my media bias regarding the Yankees-Red Sox. And i think anybody in the media that doesn't admit to that is lieing.


I know it's not that big a deal, however it helps to hear it from one of the guys in the business. Any thoughts?

viagracat
04-23-2007, 10:18 AM
The Yankees and Red Sox are both two very good teams and divison rivals. In addition to that they have some of the if not the largest fan bases in the league, plus ESPN is airing the games. If you were head of ESPN and a game like Washinton v. Florida equal air time, you wouldn't have that job long.

The way I've seen it is if you want you local baseball team coverage, tune into the nightly news or something like your local Comcast Sports Net (like the pre and post game show). If you want national baseball coverage, you go to ESPN.

Best post in this thread.

It's not like you can't get White Sox baseball here (unless you don't live in Chicago and I realize some people here at WSI do not). You can watch all the Sox baseball you want. You can listen to all the Chicago-based sportsblab you want as well. If you don't like the Yankees or Red Sox, don't tune into ESPN.

I'm also pretty sure the Yankees and Red Sox' fan bases were big well before ESPN ever existed. Like MrT said, ESPN goes with the facts: Red Sox/Yankee games draw interest. If you don't want to play along, don't watch.

It was pretty cool seeing the four homers in a row hit off an exasperated Yankmee pitcher, though. Seeing the Yankees lose is never a bad thing. :smile:

rdivaldi
04-23-2007, 10:22 AM
So how does that bother you as a Sox fan? Who cares if they have a bias? Good for them.

Simple, it all comes down to dollar and cents.

More nationally televised games = more fans
more fans = more money
more money = more elite players
more elite players = more wins
more wins = even more fans
even more fans = even more money
etc. etc. etc.

If baseball had a hard salary cap I wouldn't mind as much. But alas, there isn't.

itsnotrequired
04-23-2007, 10:33 AM
Simple, it all comes down to dollar and cents.

More nationally televised games = more fans
more fans = more money
more money = more elite players
more elite players = more wins
more wins = even more fans
even more fans = even more money
etc. etc. etc.

If baseball had a hard salary cap I wouldn't mind as much. But alas, there isn't.

Nice to see it put so simply.:rolleyes:

And when was the last time a team with the highest payroll won it all? I'll grant you that having more resources puts you in a better position to win but scouting and coaching are what wins championships, not dollars.

Besides, how does a casual Red Sox fan in, say, California allow the team so much extra revenue? Merchandise sales are for the most part split equally, national broadcast contracts are more or less split equally, etc. In fact, ESPN lost broadcast rights to Thursday Night baseball, ESPN Day Game and the Divisional Series. If anything, their impact is shrinking.

Teams like the Yankees and Red Sox have gigantic budgets due to local concerns. Local TV and radio broadcast rights, ticket sales and local merchandise sales are what fuel their engines. Blame the locals. ESPN plays a part but it isn't like these teams would be nothing without ESPN.

Lip Man 1
04-23-2007, 12:49 PM
ComiskeyBrewer:

Jeff Rickert at ESPN radio is a friend of mine and we were discussing this last year. He's from Colorado and said when he came to ESPN he was asked by some of his co-workers if he was a Red Sox or Yankees fan. He said 'neither,' that he 'didn't care about either club.' Then he told me that his co-workers had a hard time understanding that position.

:rolleyes:

Lip

spiffie
04-23-2007, 01:51 PM
Simple, it all comes down to dollar and cents.

More nationally televised games = more fans
more fans = more money
more money = more elite players
more elite players = more wins
more wins = even more fans
even more fans = even more money
etc. etc. etc.

If baseball had a hard salary cap I wouldn't mind as much. But alas, there isn't.
Our neighbors on the north side haven't quite mastered this formula apparently.

rdivaldi
04-23-2007, 02:31 PM
Our neighbors on the north side haven't quite mastered this formula apparently.

:rolleyes:
Our neighbors on the North Side aren't even outspending us this year.

rdivaldi
04-23-2007, 03:14 PM
Nice to see it put so simply.:rolleyes:

And when was the last time a team with the highest payroll won it all? I'll grant you that having more resources puts you in a better position to win but scouting and coaching are what wins championships, not dollars.

Let's look at the salary levels of recent playoff teams:

2000 - Yankees (1) def. Mets (6)
Seattle (15) Oakland (25) Sox (26) St. Louis (11) Atlanta (4) Giants (17)

2001 - Arizona (8) def. Yankees (1)
Seattle (11) Cleveland (5) Oakland (29) Atlanta (6) Houston (17) St. Louis (9)

2002 - Anaheim (15) def. San Francisco (10)
Minnesota (27) Yankees (1) Oakland (28) St. Louis (13) Atlanta (7) Arizona (4)

2003 - Florida (25) def. Yankees (1)
Boston (6) Minnesota (18) Oakland (23) Cubs (11) Giants (9) Atlanta (3)

2004 - Boston (2) def. St. Louis (9)
Yankees (1) Anaheim (3) Minnesota (19) Houston (12) Dodgers (6) Atlanta (8)

2005 - Sox (13) def. Houston (12)
Anaheim (4) Boston (2) Yankees (1) St. Louis (6) San Diego (16) Atlanta (10)

2006 - St. Louis (11) def. Detroit (14)
Oakland (21) Yankees (1) Minnesota (19) Mets (5) Dodgers (6) Padres (17)

Playoff teams (56)
1- 10: 30
11- 20: 18
21- 30: 8
21- 30 that are not Oakland or Minnesota: 2

Isn't it pretty obvious that money = wins? Without a top 20 payroll you have less than a 4% chance of even making the playoffs if your name isn't Oakland or Minnesota.

It's nice that teams are occaisionally able to outsmart everyone else and sneak in with smaller payrolls, but let's face it, except for the miracle Marlins of 2003, you aren't winning the World Series.

itsnotrequired
04-23-2007, 03:57 PM
Let's look at the salary levels of recent playoff teams:

Playoff teams (56)
1- 10: 30
11- 20: 18
21- 30: 8
21- 30 that are not Oakland or Minnesota: 2

Isn't it pretty obvious that money = wins? Without a top 20 payroll you have less than a 4% chance of even making the playoffs if your name isn't Oakland or Minnesota.

It's nice that teams are occaisionally able to outsmart everyone else and sneak in with smaller payrolls, but let's face it, except for the miracle Marlins of 2003, you aren't winning the World Series.

Out of those 30 Top 10 teams, the #1 has won the WS once and the #2 has won once. You have to go to a #6 team to get the next highest that even went to the WS. How does this refute my original statement that money doesn't win championships?

In any event, what does any of this have to do with national coverage of Boston or New York equating to more non-local dollars? Maybe I'm missing something here...

rdivaldi
04-23-2007, 04:38 PM
Out of those 30 Top 10 teams, the #1 has won the WS once and the #2 has won once. You have to go to a #6 team to get the next highest that even went to the WS. How does this refute my original statement that money doesn't win championships?

In any event, what does any of this have to do with national coverage of Boston or New York equating to more non-local dollars? Maybe I'm missing something here...

8 out of 14 World Series teams had top 10 payrolls, isn't that evidence enough?

We're also leaving out a HUUUUGE part of the equation, sponsorship deals. When huge conglomerates want to hook up with a team and advertise in their stadiums, who will they spend their money on? The team that gets zero national coverage? Or the team that is plastered across TV every single night? When the Yankees signed Matsui, they reaped millions of dollars in from Japanese companies that they do not have to share with the rest of MLB.

itsnotrequired
04-23-2007, 05:15 PM
We're also leaving out a HUUUUGE part of the equation, sponsorship deals. When huge conglomerates want to hook up with a team and advertise in their stadiums, who will they spend their money on? The team that gets zero national coverage? Or the team that is plastered across TV every single night? When the Yankees signed Matsui, they reaped millions of dollars in from Japanese companies that they do not have to share with the rest of MLB.

Ah, that's the big one. I knew I was missing something. Thanks.

Through tonight and July 15, ESPN will be airing 14 games. Of those 14, the Yankees are in four of them and the Red Sox are in two (against the Yankees). Other teams with two games are the Cubs, Mets and Phillies. The Cardinals and Tigers have three games each.

The Yankees and Red Sox are obviously on a lot but other teams are on quite a bit, more than I think many people realize.

downstairs
04-23-2007, 06:45 PM
Nice to see it put so simply.:rolleyes:

And when was the last time a team with the highest payroll won it all? I'll grant you that having more resources puts you in a better position to win but scouting and coaching are what wins championships, not dollars.

That's not a very logical argument. "Winning it all" is merely winning the World Series.

The teams with the highest payrolls more often than not do much better and make the playoffs. The BoSox, Yankees and Angels have BOTH been in the playoffs a heck of a lot more than other team.

Yes, you still have to play the games. And when it comes to pairing down the 8 playoff teams to 1 champ, payroll probably doesn't mean as much.

But, please... to think that the Yankees and BoSox merely have better scouts than KC, Pittsburg, etc.? No way.

The BoSox or Yankees will win the East this year. I can almost guaruntee that.

Dick Allen
04-23-2007, 07:47 PM
Remember, folks - under the radar.:D:

rdivaldi
04-23-2007, 11:09 PM
The Yankees and Red Sox are obviously on a lot but other teams are on quite a bit, more than I think many people realize.

Yep, guess who had the national game tonight. The Yankees vs. the Devil Rays.

itsnotrequired
04-23-2007, 11:41 PM
Yep, guess who had the national game tonight. The Yankees vs. the Devil Rays.

And who gets the next one? The Sox and Tigers.

The Dude
04-23-2007, 11:41 PM
I realize ESPN loves both teams, but they're not the only ones that hype these series like crazy. I just honestly don't see the big deal for a Red Sox/Yankees series in April. If it was August or September I understand but honestly this is just getting ridiculous. You'd think they'd get like that for the sereies with the Tigers/Twins/White Sox/Indians considering those are some of the best teams in the AL all in the best division.

ESPN sucks. I stopped watching it for baseball during 2005.:gulp:

rdivaldi
04-23-2007, 11:50 PM
And who gets the next one? The Sox and Tigers.

Very true, but one game has the last two AL World Series participants. The other?

itsnotrequired
04-24-2007, 12:00 AM
Very true, but one game has the last two AL World Series participants. The other?

A team that's in the largest market and won their division 9 years in a row?

rdivaldi
04-24-2007, 12:07 AM
A team that's in the largest market and won their division 9 years in a row?

Against a team that has never won more than what? 75 games? How compelling.

ewokpelts
04-24-2007, 12:48 AM
8 out of 14 World Series teams had top 10 payrolls, isn't that evidence enough?

We're also leaving out a HUUUUGE part of the equation, sponsorship deals. When huge conglomerates want to hook up with a team and advertise in their stadiums, who will they spend their money on? The team that gets zero national coverage? Or the team that is plastered across TV every single night? When the Yankees signed Matsui, they reaped millions of dollars in from Japanese companies that they do not have to share with the rest of MLB.advertising revenue is considered REVENUE. you know...like in revenue sharing?

rdivaldi
04-24-2007, 11:24 AM
advertising revenue is considered REVENUE. you know...like in revenue sharing?

Not in-ballpark advertising, that goes to the individual team.

Fenway
04-27-2007, 04:10 PM
The ratings speak for themselves

Fox and ESPN are salivating over the ratings from the Red Sox-Yankees series last weekend. The game on Fox last Saturday did a season-high 4.2 rating and 9 share, getting more viewers than the NBA playoff game on ABC between the Heat and Bulls (2.2/6). The Sunday night Sox-Yankees duel had a 24.7 rating in Boston . . . The Revolution had a rating of 0.9 April 7, a small audience, but more than either the Bruins (0.59) or Celtics (0.5) that night

http://www.boston.com/sports/articles/2007/04/27/nfl_draft_gets_double_coverage/

jdm2662
04-27-2007, 05:14 PM
The ratings speak for themselves



http://www.boston.com/sports/articles/2007/04/27/nfl_draft_gets_double_coverage/

Um, isn't hockey in the playoffs right now, and Revs outdrew the Bruins?? I'm a soccer fan and all, but I don't expect MLS teams to draw interest over the NBA and NHL...

Fenway
04-28-2007, 10:31 AM
Um, isn't hockey in the playoffs right now, and Revs outdrew the Bruins?? I'm a soccer fan and all, but I don't expect MLS teams to draw interest over the NBA and NHL...

That rating was for the Bruins final game of the season and it was head to head with a Red Sox game in Texas. ( game was on NESN2 )