I did something last night that I haven’t done for – I don’t know … what? 30 years?
I watched live boxing on the TV.
I’m giving my age away but…
Does anyone remember the great fights of the 70’s?
I sure do and I guarantee you that anyone that saw some of the Ali vs Frazier fights, or the Rope a Dope fight and recalls with vivid remembrance of how Howard Cosell got so excited as Frazier went down! Frazier went down!!! The drama and excitement of other sports moments pales in my mind’s recall to some of those … but what happened to more of those moments?
Then it occurred to me.
Whatever happened to boxing? I had completely forgotten all about it.
Oh, I know it went to PayPerView and it died. Now we don’t even know what boxing is much less its history and how we got to here — which I freely admit, I don’t know what’s going on in boxing. All I know is that its never on TV and other things are and so, I’ve either become a fan of that or I’ve filled my days with other things.
Which brings me to baseball.
All this talk and talk about baseball games being too long and no one’s watching them anymore and blah, blah, blah.
Nobody’s watching what? Is baseball on? I think I see about a dozen games on TV the whole year and most of them are playoffs which, I’m not really interested in although I would’ve like to watch the saga of the Kansas City Royals last year but … they weren’t on TV.
Oh, I’m sure they were on some station that I don’t get but how many do? And, for the record, I did watch the Series last year but honestly I just wasn’t as interested because I don’t know what’s going on in baseball anymore.
All I know is baseball is broke and no one’s going to fix it and — worse — they’re all going to pretend that its just fine. And worse, now they think, oh, its because the games are lasting too long because we’ve got too many commercials in them …
No, Baseball’s going to die. It’ll be just like Boxing died.
The official death will be Blindness from Greed.
Let’s face it, folks — Baseball is on the same fast track to Death just like Boxing was – say, in the 80’s when their PPV matches were raking in millions!! But the sport itself died.
Well, I hate to be Captain Obvious here but since I hear no talk of this anywhere that I listen to — I’ll just come out and say it.
The kids aren’t watching it. There are no kids in front of the TV with their dads watching their heroes play for the home team anymore. So, then that means there are fewer and fewer kids that go to the ball park with their dads and that means that they won’t even know how to explain the game of baseball to their kids in the future. But they can teach them all the levels on Halo.
What Baseball is experiencing now is just a result of taking baseball off of TV and what you hear from all the Baseball Execs doesn’t matter a hill of beans. Do you think they’re going to admit their huge mistake and take a paycut to let little kids watch their games when they can explain it in another way that people will actually swallow and blog about?
I don’t think you know how things work in this world, if you swallow that swill for more than a minute.
You can’t watch baseball any more on regular TV, and if a statistician wants to go back and look at dwindling number of viewers he can show that the time will more than back me up on this.
Boxing, on the other hand, is years ahead of baseball. It will now enjoy a boxing boom of — not only viewers — but also kids who want to be boxers. Why? Because they can now watch it with their dads and it’ll be a part of their life that they cherish.
Baseball has a hard lesson to learn and its looking at all the wrong places.