Originally Posted by Chainer
Whether the Yankees, Mets, or Cubs are doing good or not....they still cover them a helluva lot more than the Reds.
Throw in the Red Sox, who also get a lot of coverage, and that's essentially the whole Eastern seaboard and the Midwest's only truly large city you're talking about there. They are much bigger markets, many more cable subscribers in sheer numbers. Essentially, they're paying for it. ESPN loses viewers and money if they don't give a nod to their biggest markets.
If the Reds win consistently, they'll get more fans. If they get more fans, there's more money in it for ESPN, and we will see more of them. That's the way it works. I still maintain that having Freel as the #2 play was completely acceptable and doesn't smack of any bias whatsoever.
Like Herd Fan says, this is why FSN exists. No reason to watch ESPN if you don't want to.