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Record Low All Star Game TV Rating

Major League Baseball’s All-Star game has earned its lowest-ever television rating.

The National League’s 3-1 victory Tuesday night on Fox earned a 7.5 fast national rating and 13 share. That’s down 16 percent from the 8.9/15 for last season’s game, a 4-3 win by the AL.

Here's the story.  From the comments:

Has the end of the steroids era ruined baseball? Pitchers dominating the game again. True aficionados of the intricacies of the game are happy. The home run heydays brought the adrenaline junkies to the parks but as bb king put it " the thrill is gone ". Personally, I enjoy a good pitchers duel but it turns the game into soccer. If that's what turns you on, fine. The US of A doesn't get off on that. That's not a complaint and not a criticism nor is it a boast or brag. It's just callin' it like I see it. Good defense and pitching doesn't put fannies in the seats, it just wins championships.

I'm not so sure about the last sentence, but my interest in watching baseball is down this year.  Most of that has to do with the Cubs being so god-awful to watch this year, but there is a part of me that gets bored with 2-1 and 1-0 scores.  I appreciate good pitching and defense, but this economist especially digs the long ball.

I'd be remiss if I didn't mention that having the home team in the World Series being determined by the winner of the All Star game was a hoaky gimmick in the first place IMHO.  Now it seems like last week's doughnut - hard and stale.