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Broadcast Rankings: Radio and TV Master List

Posted By Carson Cistulli On May 21, 2012 @ 2:35 pm In Daily Graphings | 30 Comments

In the great American tradition of “belaboring the point,” the author presents here another installment in an ongoing consideration of baseball’s various radio and television broadcasts — a project, it should be said, that has been greatly aided by the efforts of our readership.

Against all odds, this post actually does add something to the conversation. In fact, it might be the most important addition, in that it comes closest to answering a question entirely relevant to consumers of over-the-air baseball — especially the sort who read FanGraphs.

On both the PC* and PlayStation 3 (and perhaps some other) versions of MLB.TV, it’s possible to select an audio feed to accompany the video of a selected game. The question that has often occured to the author — and very likely to many readers, as well — is, “Which audio feed is likely to best complement the video of this game?” Or, alternatively: “Which audio feed won’t compel me to perform acts of violence against my person?”

*Provided the NexDef plug-in — the efficacy of which is a different conversation — is installed.

Because few of us are likely to have anything resembling a working knowledge of all 61 English-language broadcast teams, answering that question has been a challenge. Through the broadcast-rankings crowdsourcing project, however, we have come closer to something like an answer — or, at least, have produced a frame of reference with which readers might then more easily draw their own conclusions about the league’s various broadcasters.

Here, for the benefit of the wide readership — and in a sortable table — is the complete master list of radio and television broadcast rankings:

Num Team Medium Votes Charisma Analysis Overall
1 San Francisco Radio 678 4.8 4.7 4.8
2 Milwaukee* Radio 101 4.9 3.9 4.8
3 LA NL (Home) TV 322 4.8 4.5 4.7
4 New York NL TV 276 4.6 4.4 4.7
5 San Francisco TV 233 4.7 4.4 4.7
6 Texas Radio 76 4.4 4.5 4.6
7 Cleveland Radio 40 4.5 3.8 4.5
8 Toronto Radio 323 4.3 4.2 4.4
9 Washington Radio 155 4.4 4.3 4.4
10 Philadelphia Radio 94 4.5 4.0 4.4
11 Atlanta Radio 131 4.4 4.1 4.3
12 St. Louis Radio 355 4.6 3.3 4.3
13 Houston TV 79 4.3 4.1 4.2
14 Tampa Bay Radio 84 4.1 4.0 4.2
15 Chicago NL Radio 65 4.2 3.7 4.2
16 Boston Radio 65 4.0 3.6 4.1
17 Detroit Radio 56 4.0 3.7 4.1
18 Boston TV 258 4.0 3.6 4.0
19 Oakland Radio 43 3.9 3.9 4.0
20 Baltimore Radio 27 3.9 3.3 3.9
21 Chicago NL TV 170 3.7 3.9 3.9
22 New York NL* Radio 124 3.7 3.8 3.8
23 Arizona Radio 24 3.5 3.8 3.7
24 Milwaukee TV 100 3.6 3.2 3.6
25 Cincinnati Radio 65 3.7 3.3 3.6
26 Colorado Radio 27 3.2 3.4 3.5
27 Detroit TV 92 3.6 3.0 3.5
28 Oakland TV 52 3.4 3.2 3.4
29 Tampa Bay TV 35 3.3 3.2 3.4
30 Kansas City* Radio 22 3.2 3.1 3.4
31 Minnesota* Radio 54 3.6 2.9 3.3
32 Seattle Radio 117 3.4 2.9 3.3
33 LA AL TV 85 3.4 3.2 3.3
34 Baltimore TV 101 3.4 3.2 3.3
35 Seattle TV 88 3.3 3.0 3.3
36 Houston Radio 35 3.2 3.2 3.2
37 Minnesota TV 100 3.5 2.7 3.2
38 Texas TV 51 3.0 3.1 3.1
39 Miami TV 37 3.2 3.0 3.1
40 San Diego TV 102 3.4 3.1 3.1
41 Cincinnati TV 117 3.1 3.2 3.1
42 Pittsburgh Radio 28 3.2 3.0 3.1
43 LA NL Radio 116 3.2 3.0 3.1
44 Kansas City* TV 24 3.1 2.8 3.0
45 Pittsburgh TV 74 3.1 2.9 3.0
46 Miami Radio 21 3.1 2.8 3.0
47 Arizona TV 259 3.3 2.7 3.0
48 LA AL Radio 21 3.0 2.7 3.0
49 New York AL TV 219 2.8 2.8 2.9
50 Washington TV 38 2.8 2.9 2.9
51 Cleveland TV 59 2.9 2.9 2.9
52 San Diego Radio 34 3.0 2.8 2.9
53 Chicago AL Radio 52 2.8 2.9 2.8
54 Toronto TV 414 2.8 2.7 2.8
55 Philadelphia TV 107 2.6 2.7 2.7
56 Atlanta TV 189 2.8 2.6 2.7
57 Colorado TV 51 2.6 2.6 2.5
58 St. Louis TV 110 2.4 2.1 2.3
59 New York AL Radio 173 2.3 2.0 2.1
60 LA NL (Away) TV 20 2.2 2.1 2.1
61 Chicago AL TV 255 2.1 2.2 2.0

*Denotes ranking for 2011 broadcast team. Broadcast arrangement has changed for 2012.

And here is a modified — but still entirely sortable — version of that list, including only the highest-ranked broadcast for each major-league club:

Num Team Medium Votes Charisma Analysis Overall
1 San Francisco Radio 678 4.8 4.7 4.8
2 Milwaukee* Radio 101 4.9 3.9 4.8
3 LA NL (Home) TV 322 4.8 4.5 4.7
4 New York NL TV 276 4.6 4.4 4.7
5 Texas Radio 76 4.4 4.5 4.6
6 Cleveland Radio 40 4.5 3.8 4.5
7 Toronto Radio 323 4.3 4.2 4.4
8 Washington Radio 155 4.4 4.3 4.4
9 Philadelphia Radio 94 4.5 4.0 4.4
10 Atlanta Radio 131 4.4 4.1 4.3
11 St. Louis Radio 355 4.6 3.3 4.3
12 Houston TV 79 4.3 4.1 4.2
13 Tampa Bay Radio 84 4.1 4.0 4.2
14 Chicago NL Radio 65 4.2 3.7 4.2
15 Boston Radio 65 4.0 3.6 4.1
16 Detroit Radio 56 4.0 3.7 4.1
17 Oakland Radio 43 3.9 3.9 4.0
18 Baltimore Radio 27 3.9 3.3 3.9
19 Arizona Radio 24 3.5 3.8 3.7
20 Cincinnati Radio 65 3.7 3.3 3.6
21 Colorado Radio 27 3.2 3.4 3.5
22 Kansas City* Radio 22 3.2 3.1 3.4
23 Minnesota* Radio 54 3.6 2.9 3.3
24 Seattle Radio 117 3.4 2.9 3.3
25 LA AL TV 85 3.4 3.2 3.3
26 Miami TV 37 3.2 3.0 3.1
27 San Diego TV 102 3.4 3.1 3.1
28 Pittsburgh Radio 28 3.2 3.0 3.1
29 LA NL (Away) Radio 116 3.2 3.0 3.1
30 New York AL TV 219 2.8 2.8 2.9
31 Chicago AL Radio 52 2.8 2.9 2.8

*Denotes ranking for 2011 broadcast team. Broadcast arrangement has changed for 2012.

And, finally, here are some notes:

• The biggest gap between a team’s radio and television broadcasters is 2.0, between St. Louis radio (4.3) and television (2.3)

• The smallest gap is just 0.035, between Seattle radio and television (both 3.3).

• The highest average score for a team’s radio and television broadcast was San Francisco’s combined overall score of 4.8.

• The lowest average score was for the Chicago White Sox, at 2.4 (with the New York Yankees close behind, at 2.5).

• As was noted last week, radio teams averaged an overall score about 0.5 points higher than television teams. While, on the one hand, that might suggest a bias in favor of the radio medium itself, it’s notable that the Pirates broadcasts — the members of which move freely back and forth between radio and television — received very similar scores (3.1 for radio, 3.0 for television), enough likely to be explained by error.


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