Posted by: Mark Nielsen | October 18, 2008

Whoops – Don’t Count Out the Red Sox Yet

First, a correction:  Anyone who visited this site Friday or early Saturday will know I made a mistake.

Having listened to the Thursday night baseball game through the seventh or eighth inning, I assumed that the formerly lifeless Sox did not have the stuff to overcome a five or seven run deficit. So I didn’t even check the score before writing my more generalized blog entry on Major League Baseball, broadcasting and advertising.

Then the Red Sox won it in the ninth. That’ll teach me to be a whiny, sloppy journalist and fair weather fan. Now we’ve got a Game 6 tonight in Tampa (or St. Pete, actually).

As for the rest of what I wrote yesterday, it was not factually incorrect, but was just the usual opinionated claptrap. So here it is again, for those who did not check in at Marking Time yesterday:

Now, on to related baseball stories: I recently read horror author Stephen King on Major League Baseball , writing awhile back about how it’s being corrupted by television, and how it’s leaving young fans out in the cold with late broadcasts of postseason play. Having recently awakened my early-to-bed wife so she could see the exciting game-winning last play of the Red Sox-Angels series (at about 11:30pm CST), I’m inclined to agree.

King does not even mention, however, such atrocities as the placement of that ugly green-screen ad space on the brick wall behind home plate at my beloved Wrigley Field. Nor the hundreds of other billboards and whatnot strewn around every park (though this has been going on since before tv somewhat).

I also knew sports marketing was getting out of hand when, earlier this season on a White Sox radio broadcast, I heard that the familiar MLB “rebroadcast or other use is strictly prohibited” disclaimer was sponsored by a law firm. Ugh! Leave it to the lawyers to make something not just boring but extremely annoying.

As for something to watch for in the upcoming World Series: Fox baseball is famous for their extreme close-ups on faces, and for lots of cutting back and forth. Players, fans, manager, now bring up the mostly useless graphic, now another closeup of the pitcher adjusting his package. All in the course of seven seconds. It’s distracting, like the MTV version of a sports broadcast.

It’s no wonder fans are switching over to football and other pro sports. If I’m not bored by how they stretch things out an extra hour in major league baseball, then I’m aggravated by how invasive their marketing machinery has become.


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