John M Cheatham Ronnie Simpson Under new management county hospital is thriving against all odds Historic fairground gazebo demolished One year later, still no arrests in Rhoden family murders There will be trouble in River City! Monna L Fitzgerald test pdf viewer Jesse Carrington Janice M Sowards Rhoden family members make plea for tips in Pike Co murders of loved ones Quilting – the art that’s no longer just for Grandma Young is Adams County recipient of Franklin B. Walter All-Scholastic Award Wenstrup recognized as Community Health Advocate Ready, set, go! 25th annual Egg Hunt draws hundreds Applicants needed for Adams County Fair Queen Humane Society encourages responsible animal ownership ACCS holds annual Science Fair Peebles Elementary names March Students of the Month Pierce fires perfect game as Peebles blanks West Union Hunters preparing for 2017 Wild Turkey Season Lady Hounds fall 12-3 at Lynchburg Dragons lose early lead, drop SHAC match up with Fayetteville, 13-6 Senior Profile: Isaiah Anderson Devils roll to big SHAC win at Ripley Despite soggy night, WUHS hosts annual Invitational Meet Celebrities for a night George F Carr Jr Teresa S Hoskins Mary B McClure Richard B Collins Randall D Fetters Former Manchester officer indicted on five counts WUHS student wins state Beta Club Secretary’s seat OVCTC students part of state competition S.R. 73 closed for culvert replacement Peebles Lions Club holds first Easter Egg Hunt Weyrich graduates with honors from Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics North Adams Elementary releases Honor Roll for Third grading Period Scholarships available from Jefferson Alumni Olympic athlete speaks at April 6 SAAM event Venture Hawks end their basketball season with a victory at WUHS Devils baseball sweeps doubleheader from Northwest Greyhounds gain SHAC split, split twinbill with East England signs with Rio Grande golf Pierce fans 16, Lady Indians blank Eastern Brown 4-0 Maybe somebody on the river does have a plan Senior Profile: Ryan Dryden Enjoying the view Still a time for celebration Carl R Brown Lena R Staggs Adams County Crews Schedule Culvert Replacement Projects Merlan Shoemaker Dwayne E Thompson Help is on the line! West Union Elementary honors February Students of the Month WUHS hosts 2017 All-County Arts and Music Festival Ohio Brush Creek Canoe/Kayak Access Grand Opening set for April 20 Kasich cracks down on opiate-based prescriptions West Union High School students have successful trip to State Beta Convention North Adams Beta Club excels at State Convention ACRMC hosts annual Health Fair Robert H Bushman Senior Profile: Skylar Newman Nine-run inning leads Lady Hounds to run rule win over West Union WUHS foursome breaks school record First county baseball battle goes to the Greyhounds On the road, Lady Indians pick up two more SHAC victories Senior Profile: Christa Williams One more ‘shining moment’ for SHAC seniors at C103 All-Star Game Esie M Chandler Phyllis Adkins Former Manchester police deputy faces Grand Jury Indictments Cornell tosses no-hitter, Fenton goes deep, Dragons open season with 11-0 SHAC win over Whiteoak New Verizon store opening in West Union Stephen R Palmer Dual culvert replacements for SR 73 Deana P Grooms Tim Phipps Marcella Walker Alvin R Mitchum Senior Profile: Chase Darnell SHAC hoopsters shine at District 14 All-Star Game Greyhounds run rule St. Pat, 15-0 Indians drop SHAC opener West Union hosts early JH Track Meet North Adams student wins state Beta Club President’s seat Anna B Copas Charles A Nelson Nation’s #1 movie comes to stage Artectis hosts grand opening Waiting for the ax to fall, who’s to blame? WU Seniors going to State Sci. Fair Peebles Elem. releases Honor Roll Finding the strength to endure They fought for us Born and raised “free range” Senior Profile: Jordan Crum Big Time Wrestling slams the county

NFL online? Keep it coming

The Bills and Jaguars kicked off this past Sunday as one of the NFL’s attempts at finding a new audience by having the game exclusively streamed online.

A huge amount of people got up at 9:30 a.m. for a game between two of the more pathetic franchises in the sport and people ate it up.

The World Series began last night and the television ratings from last year’s matchup were the third worst since 1984. I’m beginning to fear for baseball.

The lowest rated World Series ever took place in 2012 and with the exception of the magical run the Red Sox had in 2004, television ratings for the World Series has been on a steady decline since Kirby Puckett dazzled us all in 1991.

Ratings may go up from last year with a team from New York in it this year, but this ship is taking on water and has been for quite some time.

Figures for those at the ballpark aren’t that promising either. 17 out of 30 teams saw a decline in attendance this year even though a few more total people went through turnstiles than in 2014. When you start looking into the numbers you begin to understand why baseball has chosen to go the way of expanding their playoff system to generate more interest.

If you look at television ratings of the NFL playoffs it puts the national pasttime to absolute shame. Those figures double and in some cases nearly triple World Series figures. Last year’s wild card games, including smaller markets like Cincinnati and Indianapolis scored just below 30 million viewers. New England and Baltimore averaged 34 million which means even more people were tuning in at the end to see the finish.

Part of the issue baseball has is that it’s exactly made for TV. There’s a fair amount of standing around between pitches and batters looking at balls instead of making it a home run derby.

But, to be fair to baseball, American football isn’t exactly a highlight reel itself. According to the Wall Street Journal, that 60 minute NFL game includes only 11 minutes of actual playing time. The rest is spent basically standing around, huddling up, killing the clock and reviewing plays.

I say 60 minutes, but in reality it’s over three hours because you have to also include commercial breaks seemingly ever five minutes whenever the league decides it wants to sell you some Coors Light.

Touchdown followed by the point after. Commercial. Kickoff. Commercial. Do you ever notice that? Because it happens a lot. Yet for some reason we eat it up like it’s the last game we’ll ever watch. Even if the only way we can watch two bottom-feeders of the NFL is through an online stream.

Reach Charles Grove at 937-544-2391 or cgrove@civitasmedia.com.

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Charles Grove

Sports Editor

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