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PIG PILE ON THE BASEBALL NETWORK! MEDIA WRITERS LEAD CHARGE
Published September 29, 1995
The heavy media criticism of The Baseball Network's regionalized coverage of the playoffs continues in earnest this morning. In New York, Bob Raissman writes, "Network executives can whine about how afternoon playoff or regular-season games don't get ratings. But they fail to comprehend that playing all games at night does nothing to grow the game of baseball. And baseball owners have never realized their goals are not the same as the networks'" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 9/29). Steve Zipay: "Here we are on the cusp of October, that most treasured month, when the best baseball drama occurs across America. Just when baseball had a chance to renew its autumnal ties with lost fans, the networks and the owners sliced it and diced it and devoured the chance" (NEWSDAY, 9/29). In Baltimore, Milton Kent (citing Expos GM Kevin Malone's "satan" theory) writes that fans "are in for no little share of hell" (Baltimore SUN, 9/29). In L.A., Larry Stewart writes, "No matter how well the Baseball Network people switch back and forth among the games, there will be problems, guaranteed. It will be sort of like watching the early rounds of the NCAA basketball tournament on CBS. Only this is major league baseball, the national pastime. At least it used to be. We're bracing for all the complaints" (L.A. TIMES, 9/29). WHAT ABOUT THE PENNANT RACES? TBN Coordinating Producer John Filipelli, on markets that will be denied games with playoff implications tonight: "I think you must always protect the home market and be respectful of the game people are watching. But we plan to be more aggressive on the updates, possibly updating every run from every one of those games" (Prentis Rogers, ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 9/29).