I was watching That 70’s Show on Fox last night (following the Presidental Address) and during one of the commercial breaks I caught a commercial for a baseball game. I don’t remember who the teams were or when they were playing. All I remember is being in awe at the way they presented it. They tried to make baseball seem exciting but no matter how you cut it baseball is boring. I’ve been to close to a dozen games in my lifetime (at the Toronto Skydome none the less) and most of the time I’m watching the giant TV screen or people-watching. The game is secondary. I didn’t even realize it was going on. Whole innings would pass by with out my knowledge.
I guess I should make a correction on something I said earlier. Baseball isn’t boring. Playing baseball is rather fun. It’s watching baseball that is boring. Now don’t get me wrong. I think watching most sports is boring (unless it is during the Olympics when they actually mean something).
So please Fox. Stop trying to make baseball look more enjoyable than it really is. You’ve already got your loyal fan base and making a commercial for a baseball game look like a commercial for WWE wrestling will not increase the number of people who want to watch the baseball game. It’s just not that interesting 🙂