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Bud Selig Discusses Economy's Impact on MLB, TV Ratings and WBC
Published January 26, 2009
|Selig Says He Is Sensitive To
Economy's Impact On Fans
DAY MAN: Selig said he and Fox Sports President Ed Goren have had a lot of "very constructive conversations" concerning the health of MLB's postseason broadcasts. Selig noted he would "like to have earlier starting times, and maybe find one even earlier where, if it isn't a day game, it's very early in the evening." Selig: "What's interesting to me is that the sport has never been more popular. The television ratings, the local ratings, during the season, are spectacular. Attendance has been unbelievable. And I'm proud of all that. ... And then we get to the postseason." MLB is "really going to try to do some things so that the postseason ratings are commensurate with the rest of the season. Earlier starting times are very important to me, no question about it." Meanwhile, Selig said of moving the WBC to another time of the year instead of March, "The season ends around the first of October. So the players are gone for a month. So you can't bring players back. And the playoff teams are worn out. So could we play it any other time? I don't think that's practical" (ESPN.com, 1/23).