The lack of interest in the major league all-star game continues to be stunning. In 1980, 30 million people watched the game on television while only 10 million watched it last year.
Among the theories on the diminishing interest in the game, one is that interest in baseball in general is down while another is that inter-league play makes it less interesting. The biggest, however, is probably the rise of cable television.
Vets join camps
While many NFL preseason camps opened for rookies over the weekend, the reporting date for veterans for most teams isn’t until Thursday. Although a few teams, like the Patriots, hold preseason at their stadium facility, most hold workouts elsewhere, often at a college facility.
The team with the longest active training camp tenure at one site is the Green Bay Packers, who have been working out at Saint Norbert College for the last 56 years. The Vikings have gone to Minnesota State for 48 years, the same number of years the Steelers have gone to Saint Vincent College.
The first preseason game, incidentally, is the Hall of Fame Game in Canton Aug. 4 between Dallas and Miami.
NSBL winding down
With the playoffs rapidly approaching, the regular season in the semi-pro North Shore Baseball League is scheduled to end tomorrow. If the standings stay true, the North Shore Phillies will get the No. 1 seed with the Kingston Night Owls set at No. 2. The Night Owls have gotten great pitching all summer and should be a threat to win it all.