I keep flipping over every day, at least a couple times a day, I'm pretty sure I'm watching plenty of MLBN. They showed a bunch of games during spring training, so imagine my disappointment when the regular season began. Currently, according to the schedule, there are 6 games going on, and not one of them is on the network, including a possibly exciting matchup in the Phillies/Giants game. This reminds me of AMC not showing movies or The Soap Network not showing soaps. It loses the point of the network, IMO. Of course, it may also be a case of East Coast bias, since no one is expecting a game on in NYC or Boston.
If you flip over to MLBN a lot, perhaps you saw one of the ELEVEN
games they showed last week. By my count, there are 8 on the schedule this week. The reason MLBN can't show a game tonight (or Wednesdays) is because those nights belong to ESPN. Same with Saturday afternoons with Fox. I'm sure MLBN would love to be showing Halladay vs. Lincecum right now, but that's not an option. I don't get why you're comparing it to AMC not showing movies. What is MLBN showing right now?.. baseball. And lots of it, just not 1 game. Pretty sure that's the point of the network. There are still 5 games going on right now, so as much as I would like to see that Phillies-Giants game, that the Yankees are done for the evening, I'm more than happy to sit on MLB Tonight for the rest of the evening.
To me, the attraction of baseball is its particular pace. If I want football, I'll watch football. I want to watch an entire game from start to finish. Call me crazy.
That's not crazy, I get where you're coming from. But at the same time, the beauty of baseball is that you have a lot of games going on every night, so I hardly would consider it a bad thing that they're showing bits and pieces from each rather than staying on 1 game that could be a blowout.
I don't understand your point. If anything, I think you're proving my point. Every game matters, even game number four, and thus every inning, every at-bat, matters. Not just the highlights. There's been some discussion that the emphasis on these highlights is leading to injuries as players do ridiculous things to attract attention, rather than thinking of playing all 162 games.
First off, players doing ridiculous things to attraction attention.. you must be thinking of the NBA. That's where the showboating comes in because how many basketball highlights are nothing but dunks, regardless of their importance to the game. That's not an issue IMO, in baseball.
My point though is that there might be more than 1 interesting game going on. If the score is 9-1 in the 8th inning, those at-bats don't matter quite as much as the game that's tied 4-4 in the 9th (yes, I know a team can come back from any deficit, but still). If you want to watch complete games, that's what Extra Innings is for. But again, I fail to find MLBN's programming strategy flawed. Essentially, it's shows as many games are you're allowed (it's not an option to always be showing a game) and fill in the rest with MLB Tonight. Add to that the quality that the provide and it's a product I wouldn't want to be without.