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    Thursday, March 23 2017, 09:30 PM - #permalink
    So neither sports station is even bothering with the White Sox?

    At least these stations are just admitting their bias instead of pretending to give 2 blanks about the White Sox.

    David Kaplan: Fair and Balanced

    Kap's typical show:
    5 minutes bashing Jay Cutler
    2 hours and 55 minutes Cubbie love

    It's like he's trying to sell a book about the Cubs or something .... oh wait.
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    Friday, March 24 2017, 09:25 AM - #permalink
    JR think of it like this. The Cubs are a HUGE story, coming off a World Series win, and, most importantly, they have at least 2x as many fans as the Sox in this town. This bears out in any metric you look at...radio ratings, TV ratings, attendance, merchandise, etc. Radio is a business. They are in the business to attract as many listeners as possible. Simple as that.
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    Friday, March 24 2017, 10:32 AM - #permalink
    Oh I get it Smitty. But usually they throw a bone to the Sox and have someone be their analyst like once a week.

    And as painful as it is to me as a Sox fan, I disagree with your 2-1 ratio. Cub fans probably outnumber Sox fans in the Chicago area right now like 7-1.
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    Friday, March 24 2017, 11:06 AM - #permalink
    I'm a Sox fan, but I realize that there is nothing to talk about anymore. This is season is all about "Prospects and Rejects" while they gamble on actually being able to develop young guys into decent players. Something they haven't been able to do over the past few years.

    There is no hope for this season. I don't want to talk about it either. As much as I have complained about the incredible bias toward the Cubs over the years, they have FINALLY earned that right. It's too bad that Reinsdorf's puppets have contributed to it.
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    Friday, March 24 2017, 12:32 PM - #permalink
    As I've gotten older, all the Cubs & White Sox bashing among fans has become very childish & cringe worthy. The 2 teams play in separate divisions & in separate leagues, yet I hear all the bashing between the 2 fan bases. That being said, regardless which team is preferred, I'm looking forward to all the BASEBALL talk as this season gets ready to start Sunday, April 2nd.
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    Friday, March 24 2017, 02:17 PM - #permalink
    I'm one of those rare birds that cheers for BOTH Chicago baseball teams and can't understand why any Chicago area person would hate one team over the other. There are major markets across the country that have zero baseball teams. Chicago is extremely lucky enough to have two and that fact should be celebrated.

    What drives me nuts is the vocal minority of White Sox fans that walk around with chips on their shoulders, always complaining when "their" team is "disrespected" in their twisted minds. "How dare you mention the Cubs and not the Sox?" "How dare you list the Cubs first?" "How dare you start out your sportscast with a Cubs story?" Get a freakin' grip guys! Life's too short to be so damn petty and short-sighted.

    The Sox team sucks and has sucked for years. The ball park is almost always half empty. Until the ownership and management get their acts together on the south side, the Sox will always be in second place to the Cubs in Chicago. When the Sox won the World Series not that many years ago, the Sox stories would lead off the sportscasts and were talked about on radio way more than the then-pathetic Cubs. That is just the way it works. Everybody loves a winner.

    Getting back on track and to address JR's whining, YES, both WSCR-AM and WMVP-AM will have regular White Sox segments this season. The Sox will not be ignored. For both stations, the bigger focus will be on the bigger team, which is the Cubs. The fact is, when White Sox talk starts, PPMs can show the radios being turned off. Until that situation changes (see above), there will be more Cubs talk and Cubs guests on Chicago sports radio.

    If you Sox fans want that situation to change, then don't complain to the radio stations or on radio message boards. Complain to White Sox management and demand they put a far better product on the field to generate more excitement, and hopefully, some post-season play come October.
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    Friday, March 24 2017, 05:18 PM - #permalink
    Points well taken regarding the Sox, Larz.

    But I'll add that Cubs fans also walk around with a chip on their shoulder, thinking that their team rocks.

    Newsflash. It's a baseball team. Baseball is a dying sport. Even in Chicago, if you google top tourist attractions, you get Navy Pier, Millennium Park, Shedd Aquarium, and The Art Institute of Chicago.

    My top three would be (i) Sailing along the lakefront (far superior to sailing even in Los Angeles, though not San Francisco), (ii) Art Institute, and (iii) Millennium.

    And it's not just Chicago. DirecTv refused to carry Dodgers games a couple of years ago, and the number of subscribers lost was immaterial.

    So yes, Cubs have far more fans than Sox, but that's no saying much
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    Saturday, March 25 2017, 09:59 AM - #permalink
    Baseball is not dying! Now that fans will not have to suffer thru an interminable wait during an intentional walk..fans will just flock back to the ballpark in droves. ;)
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    Saturday, March 25 2017, 07:39 PM - #permalink
    Cubs are the defending World Series champs. It will take years, maybe a decade before they stop being the A story.

    To make matters worse, the Sox flagship is a garbage dump with an audience slightly larger than a loud car stereo.

    I was listening to the spring training broadcast this afternoon and the ads were nothing more than AM radio crap. No restaurants, beer, or car dealers. If you can't sell Major League Baseball.....

    In terms of public attention, the White Sox don't exist. Sad but true.
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