Re: Playoff TV Ratings
Seeing these numbers really makes it clear how the plethora of TV offerings has fragmented the audience. When I was growing up in the 70s and 80s, there were three networks (ABC, NBC, CBS). Anyone watching TV was watching one of these three, except for maybe the few who might choose PBS or the local independent station. Today there are so many channels, that any one network does well to get 10% of the overall audience.
Back in the 70s and 80s, baseball's postseason was a big deal around our house. For two weeks or so, we watched nothing else. Today, I must confess, that I only casually flip over to the baseball postseason games in-between commercials on the program I'm watching on another network. Things ain't like they used to be.
As for punishing the wildcard by giving them only one home game, I agree with you guys that it's a bad idea. What if the wildcard team wins 100 games but loses the division to a team that wins 101, and faces a division winner that won, say, 85 games? Is it right that they should face such a disadvantage against a team that they beat by 15 games in the regular season?
Is there no end to the bad ideas that come from MLB and Selig?
Help stamp out, eliminate, and do away with redundancy.