Stop the Madness
by Sean Randall | March 12th, 2006, 4:28 pm

It is March and even though here in the U.S. the month is reserved for all purposes for College Basketball’s March Madness 64-draw hoop tournament, I prefer the 96-draws of Indian Wells and Miami that showcase the best in tennis.

TV coverage was scheduled to begin about 30 minutes ago on ESPN2 but when I flipped on the tele no tennis was to be found, and I have no idea when and where it will be found today, if at all. ESPN2 which has listed that it will show tennis from 4pm-8pm Sunday is instead showing the World Baseball Classic, an international World Cup-like baseball event that no one really cares about – at least no one i can tell cares about here in the U.S.

I guess the brass at ESPN2 figured fewer people care less about tennis so in the interest of ratings they will probably get a bigger bang for their buck in the end showing baseball – or they are under contract to show it! Just hope this doesn’t become a trend this month and I wish they would let us tennis folk know when they pull the plug and why before we really go mad…

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2 Comments for Stop the Madness

faboofour Says:

Re: “no one really cares about” the World Baseball Classic: WRONG! Perhaps you’ve missed the news reports, but both ESPN and MLB has been inundated with complaints over ESPN’s “time-delaying” of many of the games until after 1am in the morning, and not broadcasting at all some of the most important games of the series. Nope, the WBC is ‘way bigger in the US than anyone ever expected it to be. If “the brass at ESPN2″ figure more people care about baseball than tennis, then, at least as far as the ratings so far show, they’re right: according to the NYT, the WBC has even outdrawn baseketball in March!

Sten44064 Says:

I haven’t been up to anything recently, but so it goes. Such is life. What can I say? Pretty much not much exciting going on to speak of. I haven’t gotten much done lately, but I don’t care.

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