I just wanted to let you all know that because of the incessant advertising throughout the World Series, you actually encouraged me to watch the games much faster than their broadcast time. How? I own a Tivo.
This is the first year I have watched the World Series where there are more ads than baseball action and I am tired of it. I can accept the ads on the Green Monster at Fenway and the superimposed ones behind the batter on the wall. I can sort of deal with the ads between innings and I understand why they are on. But every 2 minutes or so, when the play by play guys even start reading ads and promoting a Hybrid Tahoe (are you joking?), that is the last straw for me.
Budweiser ads every 15 minutes. Mastercard ads every 10. AT&T Baseball Quizzes. Transformers Movie spinning logo between replays of big plays. Bank of America “Fan Cam” crap. People holding up green screens so FOX can put their logo on it. Visa sponsoring the starting lineup. When will the players have to wear Bank of America shirts? When will coaches have to pose with a credit card? Every few minutes there is an ad for something or another, right in the middle of the action…And I for one am done with being subjected to them.
I have you guys figured out – thanks to Tivo. I start watching the games 15-20 minutes late. Then I fast forward through every sponsorship, every ad, every time the announcers start hawking Mastercard for a few extra bucks in their paycheck. Every time they break for “regular” ads, I fast forward. And if I happen to catch up, I pause the game for a few minutes and go do something more constructive. That gives me more room to skip through the corporate interest crap and watch ACTUAL BASEBALL. I know that Fox and MLB doesn’t really care about the viewer and/or baseball – it’s all about milking this airtime for as much money as they can possibly make. I am surprised it has not been mandatory that every World Series has to be 7 games, no matter what the circumstance.
When I turn on the TV to watch the World Series, I want to see 3-4 hours of baseball…not 3-4 hours of advertising. Like I said, I get the ads between innings, as someone has to pay for this (never mind my cable bills…) – but ads every couple of minutes in one form or another throughout the game is too much, and I will never watch another baseball game without my Tivo running a few minutes behind.
Oh, and thank you Red Sox, for bringing another one home!