Fans continue to turn blind eye to all-star games

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Complaints follow every Pro Bowl. The question usually is: Why?

As in, why play the game?

But as long as fans watch, the NFL’s all-star game will continue.

The problem is fewer and fewer are watching all-star games. A day after a riveting Home Run Derby, the Major League Baseball All-Star Game pulled in a record-low number, Awful Announcing reports.

While Fox touted the fact that it won the night, the MLB All-Star Game drew a 6.2 overnight rating, a record low overnight.

Interest in all-star games isn’t there like it used to be.

Pro Bowl ratings and viewership have dropped for seven of the past eight years, according to Sports Media Watch. This year’s game on ESPN, ABC and Disney XD combined for a 5.1 rating, down 4 percent from last year.

The NBA All-Star Game pulled a combined 3.8 on TNT and TBS, and the NHL All-Star Game earned a 1.1 rating on NBC.

Despite the falling ratings with fewer fans watching, the Pro Bowl still had 8.9 million viewers. That’s 8.9 million reasons for the NFL to continue its all-star game.

32 responses to “Fans continue to turn blind eye to all-star games

  1. They’re meaningless games the skills challenges are more entertaining. Baseball has the best because at least the players do compete. The Pro Bowl is flag football and the NBA is no defense. Not blaming them because I wouldn’t want to get hurt either it’s just a way for leagues to make money.

  2. I tried watching the pro bowl a couple times. zero effort on defense at all.. 30% effort on offense so I make about 1.2% effort to remember to turn it on yearly.

  3. Yea, once upon a time, you had one game of the week and if the guy was in a city with a bad team or another year or leaguem the all-star was the only place to see him, times change.

  4. Remember All-Star games were implemented to allow fans to see guys play they wouldn’t otherwise be able to see being in the wrong league. Other sports followed since they were so popular, but as television has allowed us to watch any game or highlight of any player no matter where they play, the need for the game has gone away.

    It’d be fun to see All-Star teams compete hard but the economics of it make it so it’ll never happen. Everyone wants to see them compete but no one wants to see their guy get hurt playing what’s effectively an exhibition game.

  5. Decades ago, it was a chance to see your sports heroes in a different setting. In today’s world of social media, we’re oversaturated. We see enough of them already.

  6. Like millions of others, I have gone from avid baseball fan to, well, less than interested. I haven’t been to a MLB game in over 20 years and can’t imagine sitting through one or even watching one on TV.

    The sport is driven by its rich history, it has a dubious future.

  7. Yes, please stop playing the game. For no other reason than because they play the game, 50% more players that should, get to claim pro-bowl selection honors because half of the players selected don’t show up. The best players are typically on the best teams and you’ll never get players from the conference championship teams to play. It’s watered down and almost meaningless except to pad resumes of players that weren’t actually selected.

  8. Players who opt out, those that do give half hearted effort, rules designed to tame down the game. Should I go on? All reasons not to bother wasting my time watching a usually boring game.

  9. All-star games are boring, that’s why.
    They are EXHIBITION games after all.

  10. Based on the current season, the new players deserved to be there, but fans didn’t know many of them.

  11. I had the ASG on in the background, but not following baseball much, I have no idea who 98% of the guys are.

  12. I mean, when the players arent trying, why should the fans?

    The failing viewership of the pro bowl comes down to two main factors. 1) The level of play on the field is cringey to watch. With minimal effort comes minimal viewership. 2) The fact that the pro bowl is consistently hosted on premium or cable channels and not live streamed in an era of cord cutting. Mainly, something approaching half your core audience isnt able or wont be able to watch it

  13. Well, here is the problem that baseball has: its stars are not recognizable. I won’t lie… if Mike Trout knocked on my door right now to ask for directions, I wouldn’t recognize him. The average person could not name 10 all stars, so why would they stay up until 11:30 on a Tuesday night watching the game?

  14. I’ve never been a huge fan of the ASG, but I did watch both the HR derby and the game and I enjoyed them very much. The derby was awesome and the game was above average. I thought giving microphones to the players was great. If the ratings were low, I think a lot of baseball fans missed out on a great experience.

  15. Basenall players used to be men with personality. Just look at any of the old Red Sox teams and you have a real variety of rugged individualist. Dwight Evans. Jim Rice. Even Bill Buckner, who was a good hitter, stood in that batter box with this insouciant look on his face — chain around his neck dangling in his chest chairs — like “eh, I don’t have anywhere else to be right now so I might as well take a swing at this one.” 25 players, 25 tabs was the team motto. Bruce Hurst with that big jug curve was fun to watch. Pre-butt[REDACTED] Clemens. Evans and Gedman had that wierd Charlie Lau stance and swing. Bob Stanley, who looked like a giant panda, threw that palm ball. Dennis Oil Can Boyd. I’m sure fans of other teams (except maybe the drone set-your-watch-to-that-haircut Yankees players) could point to the personalities on their teams.

  16. MLB made their All Star game lame when they implemented the “every team gets atleast 1 All Star” rule. The A’s have been donating a reliever with a 3.5 era or a batter hitting .265 ever since.

  17. maybe, just maybe…..and this might come as a shocker….. not everything is about TV ratings. The MLB all star game is more of a gift to the host city. if you did watch, there was not an empty seat in the house either night.

  18. The drop in rates has to do with 2 things:

    1) Moving the game from the end of the season to before the superbowl. This means that superbowl participants can’t play. When it’s the last game you can see of the nfl and the stars are playing, people always watched

    2) Put it back to Hawaii – this is what the players want. No one wants to watch a soggy winter game in Orlando. No one wants to play in those conditions.

    Last year the biggest mistake was letting Jason Garrett coach the NFC. He pretty much buried the players everyone wanted to see on offense and even had some of them playing defense. Que?

  19. Baseball players used to be men with personality.

    This is an astute point. No disrespect to current MLB players, as they are faster, stronger, healthier and work harder than any previous generation of ball players. But with that level of intensity comes a cost. They are basically born and bred gym rats now. Guys with character and real quirks and unusual personalities and whatever “grit” is don’t make it to the majors anymore. No one says anything interesting because the internet media will hound them forever over it.

    Sports in general have become very sterile and robotic.

  20. Baseball is done.
    Basketball is being ruined by the players.
    Football is being ruined by the commissioner.

    What’s the common factor in all four?


  21. Say what you want about the MLB All Star game. It is the only All Star game to watch. Football,basketball & hockey’s All Star games have morphed into something that is completely unwatchable.
    MLB problem is the inequality of franchises. They sport needs revenue sharing like the NFL has. But the East Coast teams/ L.A. aren’t giving up their advantage. So MLB has the same teams too often in the end. I really don’t care to watch Boston,L.A. & N.Y. battle for titles every year. I will watch during the season and the first round and then I am done with baseball usually.

  22. itsjustmyopinionbut says: “Yes, please stop playing the game.”

    And this is the problem with America. Fine, you don’t like the game. Don’t watch – your choice. But it doesn’t mean it needs to be cancelled just because you don’t like it. Evidently, 9 million other Americans enjoy it enough.

  23. Lemmy Aksyadis says:
    July 11, 2019 at 8:58 am
    Evidently in the era known as “yore” folks loved the game enough to watch the best of the best without regard to the outcome.

    In those days of yore it might have been their only chance to watch some of those players.

  24. I’d watch the Pro Bowl if Sean Taylor was still alive & playing in it. That man played football 100% of the time & he didn’t give a damn if it was the Super Bowl, the Pro Bowl, or the Vacant Parking Lot Bowl.

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