The 2010 World Series schedule is out, so you can begin planning to watch the extensive television coverage. The World Series coverage is going to be even less friendly to West Coast viewers, though, especially for those who have to work on Saturday.
According to ESPN, Fox and Major League Baseball were so happy with changes they made that year, that they are going to keep moving in that same direction. Having an earlier broadcast seems to attract younger viewers, as both sides claim that viewers have been tuning out if games were to run long at night.
One of the most important things to consider when scheduling World Series coverage needs to be the teams involved in the games, and last year we had the New York Yankees vs. Philadelphia Phillies. It was a pretty good match-up, pitting two teams that have a lot of followers against each other. Like them or hate them, the Yankees bring in a lot of viewers, and people tend to adjust their schedules any way they can to see those games. What happens if the 2010 World Series ends up being San Diego vs. Texas, though? Wouldn’t an early start punish those fans?
Game 1 and Game 2 of the 2010 World Series will have a start time of 4:57 p.m. PST and 7:57 p.m. EST. Then they move the start time for Game 3 back to 3:57 p.m. PST and 6:57 p.m. EST, an hour earlier to try to attract the earlier television audiences of the night. Hopefully it works, and they do get a lot of viewers, because it is never good when the biggest event of the baseball season has viewers tune out simply because they don’t care about what is going on. It already looks like this could be a very interesting postseason in baseball, especially with the range of teams that might make it to the big show.
For all intents and purposes, this 2010 World Series could actually wind up mirroring what took place in 2009, as the Philadelphia Phillies have the best record in the National League, and those New York Yankees have another great team on the field. A Philadelphia vs. New York series might be as competitive as ever, but many fans want to see some of the underdogs of the league get a chance at that trophy, rather than two of the highest payrolls in the game. No matter who is playing, Game 1 will be Wednesday, Oct. 27, in the National League city.
2010 World Series Schedule (PST Times)
Game 1 — Wednesday, Oct. 27 — AL @ NL — 4:57 p.m. on Fox
Game 2 — Thursday, Oct. 28 — AL @ NL — 4:57 p.m. on Fox
Game 3 — Saturday, Oct. 30 — NL @ AL — 3:57 p.m. on Fox
Game 4 — Sunday, Oct. 31 — NL @ AL — 4:57 p.m. on Fox
Game 5 — Monday, Nov. 1 — NL @ AL — 4:57 p.m. on Fox
Game 6 — Wednesday, Nov. 3 — AL @ NL — 4:57 p.m. on Fox
Game 7 — Thursday, Nov. 4 — AL @ NL — 4:57 p.m. on Fox