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It's a baseball has its all star game tonight 8 o'clock eastern in nine new York and a chance to catch up into the car from fox sports ahead of the big games he'll be calling it.
Along with Joe Buck on the Fox Broadcast network and we had a good conversation ask for -- about a number of things including how baseball is doing as a business right now.
Well I'm not -- -- the numbers of all the teams but.
When the Los Angeles Dodgers are able to be purchased for 2.3 billion dollars.
You know why Major League Baseball owners can shell out.
Long term contracts to players.
Of a 140 million dollars over six or seven years.
You the money -- that's being made in baseball is there's considerable.
The franchises continue to.
To rise in value.
Nobody's ever sold a franchise at a loss sprite and and it baseballs during very very well.
-- the evolution of that from your time as a -- -- all these years -- spent broadcasting why do you think now even with.
The steroid controversy hanging over the game even with both anecdotally and statistically -- -- children playing the game than they did.
In the past why do you think baseball is so popular now.
If you're African American children yeah when the game it's it's been cut from like 18% to less than eight but it's -- so popular and that's then then that's very disturbing but the popularity of the game on television course.
You know as far as ratings are concerned football's way appear that I deserved ratings for football -- big shoes and then baseball's down here.
But baseball gets his fair share -- ratings.
Particularly in the -- of post series and particularly.
Events like the all star game what do you think Dennis.
Well it's it's is that because you have these late in baseball fans that.
Don't may not watch it on on that day to day basis from a network standpoint.
But they do watch it locally in baseball -- for years has been.
A great local sport and they followed their local -- button network ratings or not is not what they -- like.
But but there are improving and and -- fox continues to -- to right -- rights fees churn on up a new network all absolutely -- largely on or at least partially on the fact that you have.
Baseball -- that's exactly right so you'll see a lot of games.
That are -- -- on network television this year next year will be on FS one bonus it's it's a very very popular game in the networks love.
To continue to have their rights fees with baseball rights fees or something else they are really are and I are.
Fox sports one month she she said.
Next month's Beatrice to -- go head to head from -- disappointed you again with a yes he had from a local point of -- -- I grew up in New York so channel nine and cuts in the car for Ralph kinder those Mets games for years was a big part of quote that -- part of really frankly how I learned the game so that was so well thank you for the.
That's mighty nice -- to say that.
You know everybody knows that the Yankees in New York City.
Are so popular now but in the in the 1980s.
When the Mets were going strong believe me they own this city.
Did that so it proves it can be done -- -- may take awhile now but the game out of Citi Field where the -- up play let me wrap it up by asking about some.
Personal memories from the all star game in there a couple times as -- many times as a broadcaster if you had to pick it one or two things that stand out over the years.
Are aware of where there are.
There are so many things my first all star game was in 1966.
In Saint Louis I was a member of the cardinals.
At the time and the starting outfield in that game now.
Willie Mays Hank aaron's -- -- revert to implement that's pretty yet not bad thing I don't Clark started his last all star game next year.
And it had to be a 110 on the field it was Hank Aaron was in left field Carol is in left -- -- -- senator comment Enright.
And Colfax on the mound I mean obviously the American League didn't score a lot of runs crazy figure we want again to to one's pretty you know but anyway.
There's so many memories.
James to do -- the tie game.
And night in 2002.
In Milwaukee but.
Before the game.
Was as important as the game in 1990 now and because that was Ted Williams last appearance Steny came out in a wheelchair and all the players surrounded him.
I may result love fest and it was just their -- was very moving and our members.
Where I was working in the Booth -- of course with Joseph but Bob brenly was in the Booth with a three man Booth.
And we did not say a word.
For four minutes.
And for broadcasters like us that's very newsroom but sometimes -- nothing to do because the pictures don't have let's write -- story.
You know -- all of us.
Yeah I am.
I'm I'm gonna miss Joseph -- more than any anybody's Joseph and -- been together for 418 years he's funny yeah is one of my best friends.
He's so talented I mean I Amanda could do.
As an example -- -- going to be doing the World Series this year up ended the Super Bowl.
In New York City first time in New York City that's out there that is not and that's all a load of work for people who know the businesses.
How he does that I don't know but I I have all the respect in the world for one of my best for an.
Tim McCarver and Joe -- tonight in the.
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