LADY AT THE BAT: MLB Announces 2007 Postseason Schedule

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

MLB Announces 2007 Postseason Schedule

MLB announced its 2007 postseason schedule yesterday, which included major changes the World Series Schedule. In an effort to improve ratings of the Fall Classic, make travel easier and allow for bad weather, Game 1 will not be played on a Sunday this year. The Series will begin on Wednesday, October 24th, with off-days falling on a Friday and a Tuesday.

In a press release, MLB President and Chief Operating Officer Bob DuPuy said, "Starting the World Series in the middle of the week, when television viewership is historicaly higher, will provide more fans with the opportunity to watch the games. The additional days off throughout the postseason will give us greater flexibility to facilitate travel and protect against poor weather."

I first heard about this yesterday, when the sportstalk radio hosts started pointing out that the NL's representative in the Series might have to wait as long as 10 days to play Game 1, if the ALCS goes 7 games. Wow. I can hear Chipper Jones whining already. Someone must have realized this schedule change was coming. Anyone who's seen the 2007 NFL Schedule might have noticed that there's a Sunday night game on October 21st, but there isn't one on October 28th.

This new schedule might make travel easier and protect against bad weather, but it remains to be seen whether ratings will improve. I've said it before and I'll continue to say it: Baseball is pretty much a regional sport. Most fans will only watch the World Series if their team is in it. I can't see how that bodes well for national ratings.

The Lady

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