World Series: Nationals-Astros Should Bring Ratings Rebound, But Lack of Yankees Will Sting

Fox is looking to bounce back from its worst Fall Classic ratings in four years

New York Yankee fans weren’t the only ones whose dreams were dashed on Saturday night when Jose Altuve smacked a two-run homerun in the bottom of the 9th to send the Houston Astros to the World Series.

Fox Sports executives should mourn the missed opportunity of having the Yankees battle for the championship, which has historically led to huge TV audiences. Instead, the Astros will be going for their second title in three years and will do so against the Washington Nationals, who are making their first ever appearance in the Fall Classic (even dating back to their Montreal Expos days).

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Tim Baysinger

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