By Fred Wallace
Hi, this is Fred Wallace with " Off the Wire ".
Either Major League Baseball doesn't get it, or I don't get it.
I think it's fair to say I don't get baseball whose World Series commences tonight in Houston as the Astros face the Washington Nationals in Game 1 of the best of 7 Championship Series.
First of all, I don't get the 8 pm start time, especially with the way post season games get prolonged, even in games that don't go to extra innings.
The average Baseball Playoff game is now 3 & 1/2 hours.
Yes, I understand the concept of Prime Time Television, but isn't the key to building big viewership actually to have the largest audience possible when the game hits its climax ?
Last week, I watched a Houston-Yankees American League Championship Game. That is, I started to watch it, but over the course of almost 4 hours, I also caught the Leafs game, some OHL games, a Seinfeld episode and an interesting documentary on gang issues in Regina.
I never did see the end of the game because the finish was well beyond my bedtime, beyond bed time for most adults and certainly well beyond the bed time of youngsters, a.k.a. the " new " generation of fans.
Sure I'm nostalgic about my childhood & World Series games in the afternoon, but wouldn't a 5 pm start mean games climaxed in Prime Time for ALL to see ?
And then there's the length of the post season.
If the Nationals & Astros go the distance to Game 7, it will be played on October 30th
On October 30th, the climatic game in the Word series will compete locally with an Attack home game plus 6 NHL games and ELEVEN NBA games.
Why not have your post season climax earlier in October when you'd have most of the sporting spotlight all to yourself ?
Major League Baseball, I'm guess, knows what they're doing. I just don't get it.
I'm Fred Wallace