TV Sports' Ratings Slide

American VoicesSports ISSUE 37•27 Aug 8, 2001

Televised sports is in the midst of a decade-long ratings slump. What do you think of the steadily dwindling viewership?

  • “With all the televised sports out there–golf, NASCAR, WNBA basketball, Major League Soccer, pro beach volleyball–my total indi”

    Dan Wiggins –
    Bank Teller

  • “Maybe someone should invent a new game to reignite interest. A game where you eat snack cakes while throwing water balloons.”

    Ted Bevacqua –
    Custodian

  • “It seems odd that viewership is down, given all the slightly charismatic pro athletes out there.”

    Stephanie Nettles –
    Psychologist

  • “This is hardly surprising. That album came out nearly 20 years ago, and 'I Want A New Drug' was the only good song on it.”

    Dana Gossage –
    Homemaker

  • “I blame the networks. Their interstitial CGI graphics and exploding-helmet sound effects just don't pack the same entertainmen”

    Fred McReynolds –
    Systems Analyst

  • “I guess I lost interest in televised sports when I realized you didn't need to watch it to hang out in Hooters.”

    Carl Whitson –
    Drill-Press Operator