Vinny Gambini: The D.A.’s got to build a case. Building a case is like building a house. Each piece of evidence is just another building block. He wants to make a brick bunker of a building. He wants to use serious, solid-looking bricks, like, like these, right?
Vinny Gambini: Let me show you something. [ holds up a playing card] He’s going to show you the bricks. He’ll show you they got straight sides. He’ll show you how they got the right shape. He’ll show them to you in a very special way, so that they appear to have everything a brick should have. But there’s one thing he’s not gonna show you. [turns the card, so that its edge is toward Billy] When you look at the bricks from the right angle, they’re as thin as this playing card. His whole case is an illusion, a magic trick. It has to be an illusion, ’cause you’re innocent. Nobody – I mean nobody – pulls the wool over the eyes of a Gambini, especially this one.My Cousin Vinny 1992
Before I left to work a couple of days ago I noticed that the left was jumping all over MLB’s bragging about 1.3 Billion minutes of streaming over their first three weeks in order to counter the idea that their political moves are costing viewrs.
The moment I saw them pushing 1.3 billion MINUTES all I could think of was Sir Arnold telling Sir Humphrey how to make a 43% pay raise sound like 6%
1.3 billion minutes sounds like a lot to people who don’t know math because the real question isn’t how many minutes are being streamed, it’s how many people are streaming the games?
If that number was one that sounded good MLB would have led with it. That they did not suggest it’s a problematic number. Since the general public don’t know their math that might not be a problem but alas for MLB longtime baseball fans are used to dealing with stats and numbers because baseball helped teach us. So if we want to find out: How many fans are watching? we can figure that out from what they told us.
Let’s start with those 1,300,000,000 Billion minutes. How many games does that represent? Well a baseball game these days runs about 3 1/2 hours. that’s 210 minutes. add on pregame and postgame and we’re talking say 250 minutes per game. so let’s divide those 1,300,000,000 minutes by 250
1,300,000,000 / 250 = 5,200.000
That sounds like a lot of game but we’re we’re talking during the 1st three weeks of games. As I live in Red Sox Country let’s take the Red Sox as an example. During those first three weeks the Red Sox played 16 games with two games postponed due to rain or threatening conditions so let’s divide that 5,200,000 games viewed by 16
5.200,000 / 16 = 325,000
But let’s remember that the Redsox are only one team. There are 32 teams in MLB and all of those teams are playing. so that means if we want to find out how many people are actually watching these game we have to divide by 16 since 32 teams means 16 games.
325,000 / 16 = 20,312
So from these number we can infer that MLB games are drawing 20,312 fan per game online and remember we based this on the Redsox who had 11% of their games postponed and remember that figure is the number of minutes of MLB TV, that doesn’t count shows about baseball rather than simply games which means that the number of fans per game is likely lower, maybe MUCH lower.
And let’s not forget that MLB.TV isn’t confined to America, so what does that tell us?
It tells us that based on the numbers that they are bragging on with this entire country of over 330,000,000 plus other countries that have access to the MLB to steam they are averaging AT BEST 20,312 fans streaming games so far.
To put that in perspective, one of the worst drawing TV shows on TV is Batwoman from the CW network and their worst ratings draw of this season was 435,000 viewers. That means that based on their own streaming numbers that they are bragging on MLB an organization that has existed for over 120 years with a storied history and franchise in cities all over the country when offering games on their streaming service is being outdrawn by one of the least popular CW shows by a factor of 20.
Of course that doesn’t really produce the headline they were looking for does it, and perhaps they figured people would fall for it but as a fellow Italian once said nobody I mean NOBODY pulls the wool over the eyes of a Gambini