Television No Hits but Plenty of Bobbles

Let us sit upon the mound and tell sad stories of the death of NETWORK BASEBALL. CBS, the tale begins, spent a whopping $1 billion for the right to telecast major league games for four years. Now, after sustaining huge losses from last year's abbreviated postseason, the network seems to wish the sport would just go away. Regular-season telecasts have been reduced to a meager handful. Pregame shows during the league championship series were entirely eliminated, to minimize the ratings damage. The games themselves have featured such distractions as Andrea Joyce and Lesley Visser roaming the stands for human-interest angles (and...

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