Whatever you think of the wild card playoff system (and I still hate it), you have to agree that the first round of the 2007 MLB playoffs were a complete disaster. Three sweeps, and while there were some individual games that were interesting, for the most part, it was a snoozefest.
Then there’s the whole issue about the playoffs being aired on TBS, of all places. I can actually handle the Division Series being broadcast on TBS, but the fact that the National League Championship Series will be on that network boggles the mind. We’re talking about the NLCS here, for crying out loud. The championship of the oldest and greatest baseball league in the world.
To me, it makes me wonder whether baseball is just dying. Can you imagine the NFC Championship Game being played on some two-bit cable outlet? Of course not. Yet baseball’s playoffs are relegated to being aired between reruns of “Everyone Loves Raymond” and “The Andy Griffith Show.”
Is Bud Selig getting advice from NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman regarding television matters? Because baseball has a serious problem here.
Blame Chad for creating this mess.
Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing about the Reds ever since. His first book, “The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Cincinnati Reds” is now available in bookstores and online, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine books are sold. You can also find Chad’s musings about the Cincinnati Reds in the pages of Cincinnati Magazine.
You can email Chad at firstname.lastname@example.org.