Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Baseball Continues to Gain Popularity

Baseball may be making a strong push to become the number two rated sport in the United States. I don't think it will ever surpass football, but it will be impressive to see the sport move past NASCAR and basketball. Interesting couple of paragraphs from John Donovan's article in SI today:

"The game [baseball], even without all the talk, already is in pretty good shape. Every team with at least a clue of how to do business still has a chance at a postseason spot, and that's with almost 2/3 of the season gone. Attendance has never been higher. More than 45 million already. Television ratings are strong. A new long-term, multi-million dollar TV contract was just approved. Commissioner Bud Selig said the other day that the game will pull in more than $5 billion in gross revenues in 2006. Interest in baseball, it can be argued, is at an all-time high.

That's never been more evident than it is right now, in the frenzy surrounding the July 31 trading deadline. Every sports radio talk show, every broadcast of a game, every sports section of the local paper, every Internet site that touches at all on baseball is all over any scent of a deal that may take place between now and the deadline."

Great to see baseball is back on stronger footing.


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