Why Dodgers-Rays World Series Might Be Latest to Strike Out in TV Ratings

Even with an expected smaller audience than last year, the World Series could out-draw the NBA

There aren’t many assurances in these COVID-era days of 2020, but as the World Series throws its first pitch on Tuesday, we can be assured of two things: Either Los Angeles or Tampa Bay will be celebrating its second major sports championship in less than a month, and the TV ratings will be down, potentially to a record-low.

Hey, it’s not us hating on the Tampa Bay Rays and their relative anonymity to the wider sports-viewing audience. Even LeBron James and Tom Brady haven’t been immune to the ratings struggles across the board in 2020, where the coronavirus pandemic has wrecked the sports calendar.

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Tim Baysinger

TV reporter • tim.baysinger@thewrap.com • Twitter: @tim_bays