TV Ratings Crash for Return of Black Lives Matter-Soaked NBA and MLB


As the NBA and MLB return from their coronavirus-imposed hiatus, it appears TV viewers are not as interested in what the increasingly woke leagues have to offer as the pros had hoped.

With both baseball and basketball draped in all sorts of Black Lives Matter apparel and “social justice” slogans festooning their social media, a very disappointing number of fans tuned in to see last week’s new games.

According to Outkick.com, neither league earned expected numbers of viewers.

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Outkick reported that the return of the NBA on TNT saw less than four million per game:

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Lakers-Clippers: 3.4 million
Pelicans-Jazz: 2.1 million

ESPN’s MLB return numbers were also underwhelming:

Yankees-Nationals: 4.0 million
Dodgers-Giants: 2.8 million

Outkick’s Ryan Glasspiegel added more ratings numbers on Twitter.

“To be fair since I compared MLB vs NBA return night 1, here is night 2,” he wrote, adding:

MLB (last Friday, ESPN)
Mets-Braves (4p) – 922K
Brewers-Cubs(7p) – 1.0M
Angels-As (10p) – 797K

NBA (last night ESPN)
Celtics-Bucks (6:30p) – 1.3M
Mavs-Rockets (9p)- 1.7M

The Athletic’s Ethan Strauss also noted that the numbers continued to fall off for MLB:

For good measure, Strauss also pointed out that baseball can’t blame the coronavirus. The virus didn’t stop people from watching Tom Brady golf with Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson back in May.

Indeed, the charity golf match earned record TV ratings in May.

Dubbed “The Match II,” the game featuring Tom Brady, Phil Mickelson, Peyton Manning, and Tiger Woods earned an amazing 6.3 million viewers and raised more than $20 million for charity.

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