Tony Gwynn died on Monday from cancer. He was 54 and he died believing that his cancer was caused by over 30 years of chewing tobacco. This has caused more discussion about Major League Baseball banning tobacco. It sends a bad message to the kiddies. Quick question: What causes more disease and death, chewing tobacco or alcohol? Maybe MLB should stop taking all that advertising money from the beer companies. And maybe teams should consider eliminating beer sales at the ball park. Fat chance.
The NHL’s not the only non-football league that is struggling to get big national TV ratings.
Of course, the low ratings are not a good measure of baseball’s popularity because the Fox game was competing with local telecasts all over the country.
Unlike NBC’s “Football Night in America”, or ESPN’s Monday Night Football, which have all the football fans to themselves.
There was a time when the NBC Saturday Game of the Week was a pretty big deal. That was before teams televised so many games on local TV. And before the Pirates televised any home games.
If the Pirates were playing at home on a Saturday, you had two choices if you wanted to see a Major League Baseball game.
You could buy a ticket to the Pirates game or watch Curt Gowdy and Tony Kubek on NBC.
And the NBC Game of the Week was your only chance to see an American League team.
Now, national network hockey and baseball games aren’t much more than wallpaper for the sports bars.