Is MLB losing 'tremendous numbers of fans,' as Donald Trump claims?
Major League Baseball saw an increase in viewership over the course of the pandemic while attendance wasn't possible.
The 2020 seasondue to the pandemic. Those wanting to see a game had to tune in on their TVs or devices, and that's produced mixed results for MLB.Viewership of MLB games actually increased 4.2 percent over the course of the pandemic,according to a report from Forbes
. At the same time, MLB ratings declined in large part due to changes undertaken by Nielsen.As Forbes' SportsMoney senior contributor Maury Brown noted on October 4, 2020"not all of MLB's regional sports networks are part of the paid service now provided by Nielsen." However, MLB saw viewership growth in all age demographics.
Interestingly, the 2020 World Series, where the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Tampa Bay Rays, set a 20-year record low for average TV viewership. Just 9.78 million tuned in, compared to 13.91 million in 2019 and down from a peak of 25.47 million in 2004. headtopics.com
There's certainly evidence to support the former president's claim that MLB is losing fans but the picture is more complex than Trump is suggesting. The extraordinary conditions of the pandemic and the rise in viewership over the past year mean it's difficult to be definitive about the interest MLB currently enjoys.
The Los Angeles Dodgers celebrate after defeating the Tampa Bay Rays 3-1 in Game Six to win the 2020 MLB World Series at Globe Life Field on October 27, 2020 in Arlington, Texas. The 2020 World Series set a record low in TV viewership. Read more: Newsweek »
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I know Nike lost nothing. Go MLB! And what does that political failure know about baseball? In case you're not aware, Trump is a liar. No. Hhahahah They have more after Georgia I’m watching Rays and Marlins right now. Nope. No Pretty soon I may start buying MLB tickets now that tRump doesn’t want us to. F him, Go Blue Jays!
Nothing Trump says is worth more than a bucket of warm spit. He said the same crap about the NFL. He’s such a fool. Trump's losing a tremendous number of fans. We know that for sure. Wow, Newsweek, you’re actually beating Fox in the Kiss-Trump’s-A** competition. When companies and organizations come out ONLY with statements, it is just a slap on the hand to politicians & forgotten. When 'sanctions' are introduced, they can feel the pain, and so does the electorate, who hopefully will take action. MLB did right!
Just ignore trump Donald can't count. Shame I'm going to have to mute you since you insist on giving Trump daily attention. Why are we continuing to give air to any of the lies he keeps repeating. He lied non-stop for 4 years, so why is it important to give more space to the lies he telling now? Just stop. He's no longer relevant to what's important to get America back on its feet. Thanks.
I might actually come back to watch it again. Great decision to support American voters, not racist confederate traitors how is trump able to do his money laundering for putin now ? He doesn't have his plane to bring suitcases full, he doesn't have pompeo or kushner going around the world for free. all of his hotels and golf clubs are having their cooked books checked.. prison time VERY soon
Nope. TrumpLies about everything. Just because he said that i just paid for my sub and plan to go to as many games as possible now that i have the freedom jab. F u drumpf hating on AMERICAS SPORT. This is the MLB, not NASCAR. Silly loser. No loser Donald is losing “Fans” No but who cares what the former guy says. He gone because he's a poor leader, propaganda purveyor and liar. Why give him headlines? Oh...clicks...unfollowed.
I'll be going to extra games this year! Why are you reporting on the big loser? I may start watching again. Of course not, just his usual take which has nothing to do with reality Rumor travels faster, but it don't stay put as long as truth. -- Will Rogers Check the NBA Goddammit. Y’all just can’t quit Donald. JFC.
Why would anyone listen to America’s biggest liar?