I’m a victim.
Simple as that.
You want to know something?
So are you.
I just spent the last two hours not playing with my kid, enjoying the warmer weather, and getting stuff done around my completely trashed house for one reason.
I had to read all the blogs and comment on A-Rod and steroids.
Think about it, how much baseball news was there really this week until it broke? Not much really.
What has the tenure of Bud Selig proved as my article and the article from our friends at Red State, Blue State have shown us.
Negative, bashing news sells.
It was the basis of the Bush administration in for some time, and it’s been Bud’s for as long as I can remember. Now it’s either Bud’s again, the Yankee organization or A-Rods.
Who’s I’m not sure, but facts are facts. Baseball is back in the news, it’s getting the press it needs to develop some new fans.
How does negative crap like this get new fans…glad you asked.
1. Women. Ever notice that baseball is becoming increasingly a woman’s sport of preference? Want to know one of the reasons why? How much gossip is there about who Derek Jeter is seeing and what horrible thing A-Rod has done vs anyone in the NFL? Remind you of any thing else?
It’s a sport where women can sit, eat, talk, more importantly gossip, and still say they actually enjoy the game itself. The MLB blogs alone prove that women love baseball. Show me an organized fan base of women for another guy played sport? The female fan base is growing to an all time high for these reasons and a few more (and yes better reasons). But give a girl controversy and I’ll show you a happy girl.
2. More free advertising. You can’t change the local news market, they’ll only show a 2 second spot about your local ball team going to some hospital and signing autographs, but have a story about A Rod 5 years ago using steroids and you’ve got a manageable, controllable, and more importantly deniable story that gets thrown on every local, cable and radio show in the country for 10 minutes a day. Free of charge. This gets everyone talking, and gets a few guys who weren’t interested in baseball to actually have an arguement at their local watering hole about what’s right and wrong. Then BLAM! he starts looking up things at home about the game and finds out he likes baseball. Can I take your order on MLB.com for you new jersey, or are you just starting with a hat today? Tickets go on sale in a couple weeks, can’t wait to take your money there…errr mean see you there!
3. Reality Show Sendrome, (RSS, wait…RSS is a good thing for the bloggers and the internet) is it a word? proably not, but if I use it 4 more times in this blog and I get at least one of you to repost it I can start talking to the guys at the English Oxford Dictionary. Seriously. Reality Show Sendrome is where advertising, marketing, and business men all come together and realize that if they have to make something you’ll watch. Ever notice there is always a hot chick, a geek or loner, a jock, and a housewife that always makes it to the end. It’s not as random as you think. It’s reality show sendrome. How does this work in baseball? Simple. hot chick = Madonna and what ever player shes dating, geek or loner = pick a pitcher of your chosing, Jock = A Rod, Jeter, the list goes on, and a housewife = Sorry fans but it’s Joe Torre this year and his book as shown on Confessions of a She Fan Dang only three times…fine…Reality Show Sendrome…Ha! Theres four!
This all comes down to the old saying “Press is Press, it’s not good or bad, it creates interest, and what is interest? Interest is just another word for the profit I’ll be making off of this Press”
Food for thought, now I’m going to go play with my boy.