DID YOU KNOW?
Did you know that the World Series was once hit by a scandal? Nowadays, baseball is still seen as the face of American sports. Attendance for Major League Baseball was down in for 2018 for the regular season, but its television standing remains strong. However, part of the league's history was tainted with an incident known as the Black Sox Scandal. This happened back when people could not even watch Major League Baseball games online. It happened in 1919 when eight members of the Chicago White Sox were accused of intentionally losing the World Series against the Cincinnati Reds. Although no prosecutions were made in the end, the sport and the viewers took notice of the incident. Today, MLB still stands strong as the face of baseball.
Baseball continues to rank strong in the television platform as compared to other content in primetime. Twelve of the regional sports networks that host MLB teams rank #1 in their market. This beats the primetime average of all other TV networks in their respective designated market areas. Digitally, people also tend to watch baseball games online. In 2018, MLB saw their ratings increase by 2%, and average households increase by 1% compared to 2017. This shows how Americans continue to love their sport. A lot of platforms are available to watch MLB online which are being enjoyed by baseball fans every MLB season.