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Monday’s big-market Yankee-Rangers ALCS game garnered lower TV ratings than the Titans blowout win over NFL afterthought Jacksonville. It’s all because baseball is stuck in the past, evidenced by MLB’s refusal to adopt instant replay, claims USA Today national sports columnist Christie Brennan. While both low ratings and the lack of instant replay have been the source of much debate over the last week, the link between the two seems tenuous, at best. Frustrating as lack of replay is, it’s hard to believe that is the major factor behind the public’s decision to tune out baseball in favour of football.
Football is simply the better sport for television. The speed and physical play hold an audience’s attention better than the jockstrap adjusting, the batting glove tightening, and the tobacco/bubble gum spitting which constitutes most of the action in a baseball game.
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