SBD/Issue 198/Sports Media

Change Of Tune: Fox' Joe Buck Claims He Rarely Watches Baseball

Buck Says He Rarely
Watches Baseball On TV
Fox Sports’ Joe Buck appeared on ESPN Radio's "The Herd" Wednesday, where he talked about the slow pace of baseball and his TV viewing habits. Buck: “From baseball’s perspective, you think about what you’re asking people to invest their time in, when these games take forever. TV’s a part of it, but certainly the strike zone is in my estimation, and length of games and guys stepping out and guys stepping off the mound. By the time you get to the sixth inning, if you’re watching every minute, you put two-plus hours into the thing. It’s just a lot to ask of people in this day and age as far as sitting down and watching a sporting event." Buck added, "That’s just not part of my day, it’s not part of my night, and I’ll be honest with you, watching ‘The Bachelorette’ is” (“The Herd,” ESPN Radio, 7/2).

REAX: ESPN’s Skip Bayless said Buck’s comments “made me wonder, ‘Is Joe Buck something of a fraud?’” Bayless: “He’s telling me he no longer loves the game I thought he loved all the way to the bottom of his soul. This is Fox’ national baseball voice … and for him to make that confession, even if it was (done) sarcastically and to say, ‘Oh, I do watch ‘The Bachelorette,’ I don’t want him doing my Fox national game of the week anymore. ...  If I’m (MLB Commissioner) Bud Selig, I don’t want him being my national voice of baseball.” Detroit News columnist Rob Parker said, “If I’m Bud Selig, I pick up the phone today and I call Fox and say, ‘Please, I want a guy who loves baseball. Can we hire Bob Costas?’” (“First Take,” ESPN, 7/2). AWFUL ANNOUNCING's Brian Powell wrote, "FOX's national voice for Baseball openly admitted to not enjoying the game he covers, cramming for weekend matchups, thinking that the games are too long and that the game just isn't the same. Unbelievable" (, 7/2).

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