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November 9, 2008, 11:53 AM
An article in the 11/10 issue of S.I. about the 104th World Series being the least watched Series on record places blame in a number of places. There is no doubt that watching a baseball game can at times be like watching paint dry. It is even more painful to watch when the weather gets colder and the game seems to move at a slower pace. Speeding up the game and levying penalties on the offenders of expediency will help. In addition to limiting player or team motivated delays, ideas to speed up the game like offering 2 bases to a player who is intentionally or non-intentionally walked for the second time in a game will add a bit of encouragement to potential offenders to speed up the game.

On another note; with very little understanding about how television ratings are collected, how are the number of viewers who are watching the game at a public venue considered in the ratings. I personally watched some of the games at a local pub with large numbers of other patrons who shared my interest in the series. Technological advances that include picture size, picture quality and the increase in quantity of televisions in bars has made sports viewing in a public venue easier, more comfortable and more enjoyable than ever before.

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