Thursday, April 12, 2012

A Rare Exclusive

Season record on FSN Midwest 4 - 1.
We had our first road game exclusive of the 2012 season as the Reds did not televise today's game. I believe that every single game should be televised by every team. The fact that a game is not televised tells me that the team management of the club whose game is not on TV does not really believe that their ballclub is very good nor very entertaining. The excuse always given is that it is a "cost" factor. True, it does cost anywhere from $25,000 to $50,000 per telecast but that is a pittance compared to the value of each telecast to the coffers of the team. This is very subjective, I know, but I also know that all professional sports teams should have the attitude that their "product" is worth televising.
Three words....National Football League (NFL).
They only have 16 games in their season you say.
I say there is no difference between 16 games (NFL)and 162 games (MLB). What? Aren't all games of the regular season important? By not choosing to televise all of a team's games shows that team executives place a higher value on certain games over other games.
The argument here is that there are more potential viewers for night games than day games so certain day contests are eliminated from the telecast schedule.
Here is how I answer that premise:
Scenario: Day game/no TV. Your ballclub wins the game and your pitcher throws a perfect game. The other team showed the game to their fans and therefore the game was produced, directed, and announced by the other team's broadcast production crew. Not yours. A great opportunity to sell tickets is lost.
Take today's game against the Reds. The Reds won the game with a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth against their bitter rival the St. Louis Cardinals.
That game/telecast would have sold a boatload of tickets for the Reds.
I am so blessed to be a part of the St. Louis Cardinals TV production team!
The Cardinals have it figured out.
Every game is on television.
No wonder they sell OVER 3,000,000 tickets every year.

1 comment:

  1. I just wanted to let you know: You will make my day tomorrow the more shots of Cubs fans you can include during the ring ceremony. In fact, if you can find one crying, I would consider sending money.