Originally Posted by Reds/Flyers Fan
ESPN got exactly what it set out to do - create a national team (Red Sox) to rival another established national team (Yankees). Big national teams in major markets are easier to sell to the populace than relatively regional draws like the Reds, Pirates, Rockies, Mariners, etc.
Just curious... why does ESPN care which team a majority of fans cheer for?
And why are the Yankees considered a national team? And why would they want to "create" the BoSox into same? ESPN certainly can't be credited for creating the NY/Boston rivalry as they've been heated rivals for as far back as I can remember... I used to go to those games when I lived in NY and they were NASTY!
It seems that if ESPN did indeed set out to create this national (?) team, they could have picked any team... even a regional one. With enough exposure on ESPN, I would think any team could become "national". Though I still don't understand how this benefits ESPN to do so.