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This Year’s World Series, Which Opens Tonight, Pits a Team From the Largest Market in Baseball Against a Team From the Smallest — Here’s What Matters, From a TV Perspective

Oct 27, 2015  •  Post A Comment

The 2015 World Series has the unusual distinction of featuring a matchup between a team from the largest market in Major League Baseball — the Mets, from No. 1-ranked New York — against a team from the league’s smallest market — the Royals, from Kansas City, ranked No. 30 out of 30 MLB markets, Media Life reports.

The report rounds up some of the pertinent numbers associated with this year’s Series, along with last year’s — when the Royals also made it to the Series, only to fall to the San Francisco Giants in seven games.

Here are a few key stats:

  • The price of a 30-second spot in this year’s World Series: $520,000
  • The price of a 30-second spot in this year’s Super Bowl: $4.5 million
  • Average number of viewers for the seven-game Series in 2014: 13.9 million
  • Number of viewers for Game 7 of last year’s World Series: 23.5 million
  • How much Fox made on advertising from last year’s World Series: $257 million
  • How much Fox will pay out from 2012 to 2021 for rights to the MLB playoffs: $8 billion
  • Number of years since the Mets last won the World Series: 28
  • Number of years since the Royals last won the World Series: 29

In case you missed it, there’s also this tidbit: In the seventh inning of Game 6 of the American League Championship Series between the Royals and the Toronto Blue Jays last week, with the Royals leading 3-1, Fox prematurely broadcast a graphic promoting a Royals-Mets World Series. The Blue Jays later tied the game 3-3. However, Kansas City eventually won the game to advance to the Series.

Here’s what it looked like …

Fox-ALCS Game 6-premature World Series graphic

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