Professional sports, namely the NBA, the NFL, and even the MLB just can't seem to help themselves and feel like they are required to bring politics into the realm of sports entertainment.
It used to be that sports was an outlet to break away from the world and forget about things like politics. Now, politics is everywhere you look. You can't watch tv, read a book, check Facebook, or watch sports without politics getting involved, especially left-leaning politics which is an absolute shame.
As for the opening games, Outkick reported that the return of the NBA on TNT saw the following numbers:
Lakers-Clippers: 3.4 million
Pelicans-Jazz: 2.1 million
ESPN’s MLB return numbers were also underwhelming:
Yankees-Nationals: 4.0 million
Dodgers-Giants: 2.8 million
Outkick’s Ryan Glasspiegel added more ratings numbers on Twitter.
“To be fair since I compared MLB vs NBA return night 1, here is night 2,” (July 24) he wrote, adding:
MLB (last Friday, ESPN)
Mets-Braves (4p) – 922K
Brewers-Cubs(7p) – 1.0M
Angels-As (10p) – 797K
NBA (last night ESPN) (July 31)
Celtics-Bucks (6:30p) – 1.3M
Mavs-Rockets (9p)- 1.7M
MLB really fell off after opening day. In general, both leagues aren't getting the audience one might expect from a nation that's been deprived of entertainment for months https://t.co/GazeoR9SNB
— Ethan Strauss (@SherwoodStrauss) August 2, 2020
The highest that we've seen so far this season was a double header between the LA Lakers and the LA Clippers. These teams have a slew of big-name stars such as LeBron James and Zion Williamson. Even then, viewership reached 4.1 million.
Indeed, the charity golf match earned record TV ratings in May.
Dubbed “The Match II,” the game featuring Tom Brady, Phil Mickelson, Peyton Manning, and Tiger Woods peaked at an amazing 6.3 million viewers and raised more than $20 million for charity.
This just goes on to give more credence to my thought that many pro sports teams and possibly the leagues will be forced into bankruptcy. I think that them taking political stances when they have no business taking a political platform.
I think that we need to start over and keep politics out next time.
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