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Red Sox-Dodgers World Series TV Ratings predictably down

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Per Nielsen, television ratings for the Red Sox-Dodges five-game series dropped 25% compared to last year’s Astros-Dodgers telecasts.

As expected most people didn’t want to tune into what was in many ways a boring World Series. Not great pitching or scoring.  A seven and a half hour Game 3 lasting until 3:30 a.m. on the east coast was exciting for those who could stay awake.  It also became apparent after Game 4 that the Red Sox were the vastly superior team.

Still Major League Baseball managed to average 14 million viewers, according to Nielsen, and that’s not bad. The NHL which doesn’t bring in big numbers here in the states averaged 6 million viewers by comparison for it’s Stanley Cup final in 2018.

Boston was the juggernaut, the Dodgers need better bullpen help, besides second guessing a few of Dodgers manager Dave Roberts’ decisions, the whole affair lacked compelling story lines.

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Mr. Baseball, Bob Uecker gets funnier with age

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Last night as Brewers broadcaster Bob Uecker and Reds radio announcer Marty Brennaman chatted live on the air, it became quite apparent that Uecker, formely known as Mr. Baseball to a different generation, had no such thoughts of retirement.

Brennaman will call his final Cincinnati Reds game today on the radio ending a 46-year career. Retirement from a Hall of a Fame baseball career indeed.

Uecker, 85, is also enshrined in Cooperstown (as a broadcaster despite his illustrious playing career). When asked by Brennaman’s son, Thom, the Red’s TV play-by-play guy, if he would consider going the route of retirement, Uecker said he planned on staying. Uecker doesn’t want to quit and wants to go out with the mic in front of him.

And it was Uecker who celebrated with the boys in the clubhouse after the Brewers clinched a playoff spot. Check out the videos below.

https://twitter.com/Reds/status/1177040405600374784
https://twitter.com/LilySZhao/status/1177042264964632576

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Sports Media Daily Reads: Steve Spurrier, The Walker Cup, NFL Ratings

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Steve Spurrier will host his own local sports radio show in Gainesville, Florida on the U of F owned ESPN radio affiliate WRUF, according to Barrett Sports Media.

Here’s to the Ol’ Ball coach sharing his wisdom for the Gator faithful.

The Walker Cup was not on TV, anywhere reports Alex Miceli of The Morning Read.

The NFL’s Thursday Night Kickoff Game between the Bears and the Packers on NBC doubled its TV ratings from one year ago, per Deadline.

Sunday Night Football between the Patriots and the Steelers saw a slight increase in ratings from 2018. According to Sports TV Ratings on Twitter, NBC drew a 14.8 rating Sunday night compared to 14.4 in 2018.

ESPN’s Jason Benetti made an innocent joke and people were up in arms-Awful Announcing.

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NBC and Golf Channel will broadcast 150 hours devoted to THE PLAYERS Championship

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By Travis Duncan

A fifth major? Not quite, although THE PLAYERS Championship has the highest total purse at $12.5 million dollars in Golf, it’s not a major. But it’s a pretty big deal due to the field which includes every top golfer in the world.

As expected the Golf Channel and NBC are going all in on coverage.

Between NBC and the Golf Channel, the two networks will have 22 hours of live tournament coverage and 150 total hours devoted to the tournament at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

The goal in moving THE PLAYERS from May to March is to spread the Championship calendar around a little, with the Masters in April, the PGA Championship in May, U.S. Open in June, and The Open (also known as the British Open in some circles) in July.

With some early season excitement in February with bigger profile names committing to tournaments in California, the American Pro Golf Calendar can viably extend from February to August when the Tour Championship takes place. Technically the PGA Tour schedule extends October to September.

Here is the schedule for THE PLAYERS on NBC and Golf Channel:

Thursday, March 14

PGA TOUR LIVE – Featured Groups                                  7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. (NBC Sports Gold)

THE PLAYERS Championship (First Round)                      1-7 p.m. (Golf Channel)

Friday, March 15

PGA TOUR LIVE – Featured Groups                                   7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. (NBC Sports Gold)

THE PLAYERS Championship (Second Round)                  1-7 p.m. (Golf Channel)

Saturday, March 16

PGA TOUR LIVE – Featured Groups                                   8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. (NBC Sports Gold)

THE PLAYERS Championship (Third Round)                     2-7 p.m. (NBC)

Sunday, March 17

PGA TOUR LIVE – Featured Groups                                   8 a.m.-1 p.m. (NBC Sports Gold)

THE PLAYERS Championship (Final Round)                      1-6 p.m. (NBC)

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