Holy shit, this is nutso. The Nationals TV numbers are abysmal.
The Nationals, whose games are broadcast on either MASN or MASN2, are drawing a 0.39 average rating and an average of 9,000 households in the Washington market, according to the report. That's a decline of about 43 percent from last season's totals, and a significantly lower regional sports network audience than any other U.S. team has drawn this season.
Nine thousand households! This is mind-blowing. People do not care. We built a $686,000,000 sweetheart stadium for a population that does not give a shit.
Hell, the Nats aren't even the most popular team in the city!
SportsBusiness Journal reported last month that Orioles broadcasts on MASN and MASN2 are drawing higher ratings in the Washington market than are Nationals broadcasts.
Baseball is failing. We never should have built that God forsaken stadium and it's already biting us in the ass. All the morons leaving comments here and on DCist about why the stadium is a good idea are blowing smoke out of their asses. They don't know a goddamned thing.
Awesome columnist Marc Fisher wrote a column about this an it included the following passage:
Some bloggers are giddily taking bets on how long baseball lasts in Washington. And given our history, that's not a wild or crazy topic to discuss.
I am one of those "some bloggers." And I'm winning the bet.