Originally Posted by Marc D
Like the article said, its just reflective of the interest of the black community in baseball. African Americans probably make up less than 8% of the NHL, NASCAR, and whatever they call pro soccer as well. Does anyone care about this?
The NHL is in the toilet financially. It's almost paying NBC to televise it's games.
Pro Soccer in the US is a non factor in the spectator sport landscape.
NASCAR is doing well, I would argue, largely because of
outstanding marketing and athlete/fan relationships. When NASCAR drivers switch sponsors, their fans switch products. This more than makes up for its lillywhite appeal.
In the scope of the universe, it's not a big deal that African Americans are losing interest in baseball. If, however, you have an interest in the financial viability of the sport (e.g. Bud Selig) it's a huge deal. The demographics of the country are changing. The country will be mostly non-white in my lifetime, or so I read. The fans of the game are getting increasingly white.
This won't kill baseball, but it might make it tougher for fans to find it on their television dials, might cause certain teams to fold, might cause a lot of the best athletes to choose other sports, etc.