Re: Postseason scheduling
I'm curious to know how MLB arranges this with the ballparks. From a logistics standpoint, I actually understand "decisive" games not being a factor in the scheduling. That could be any of three games, x4 series. To wait to see which will actually be "decisive" games would wreack havoc on ballparks putting together staff, notifying fanbases of start times, traffic control and parking, local businesses, etc. It affects a lot of people.
And I know this is an unpopular opinion, but I understand leaving the Yankees largely in primetime. They have the largest fanbase, and it's a national one, and that will bring in the biggest ratings in primetime. That's a business decision.
So if you can't decide the rest of the games in advance based on decisive games, I believe local fanbases should be taken into account. That's just common sense from a ratings standpoint. They knew where all the games would be played on which days last Friday. So the Oakland game is late, which I get; the Yankees game is late, which I get. I don't understand why the Reds game couldn't have been the 4 pm slot today. For San Francisco fans to be beholden to a 10 am game is ridiculous.
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