In his never ending quest to be the worst commissioner in the history of sports, Bud Selig made a mockery of baseball’s magnum opus. Starting one game two-plus hours late, in the rain, was a poor decision. Starting another game with heavy rain expected, then making them play until the game was tied before calling it, even worse. Did Selig not have access to weather forecasts?
I guess when you’re talking about the same guy who called the All-Star game a tie and sat back while players pumped illegal steroids into their bodies, screwing up the World Series is right in his wheelhouse. Not that it’s his fault who made it to the finals.
The LA Times reports:
The 2008 World Series averaged an 8.4 rating nationally and attracted, on average, 13.6 million viewers. That makes it the lowest-rated World Series on record, according to Nielsen Media Research data. For comparison sake, last year’s Fox broadcasts of the four-game sweep of the Rockies by the Red Sox generated a 10.6 average rating and drew 17.1 million viewers.