Both college softball and college baseball are considered “growing entities” but as of now, one appears to be ahead of the other, and it might not be what you think.
Both the Women’s College World Series and College World Series were broadcasted on ESPN. The WCWS produced both a higher peak viewership and a higher average viewership. The WCWS accomplished this while having lower ratings than they did in 2021.
How streaming figures into this is a bit of a question mark as this is only cable numbers. When including cord-cutters the numbers are going to be much higher.
This is a very good thing for the future of sports for women’s athletics and college sports in general.
I’m just going to put this out there: the tournament that saw the Oklahoma Sooners win yet another national championship had better ratings. I’m just saying.
After a bit of a down year in 2021, the CWS’ ratings were up 19% to get back to the numbers it had pre-pandemic.
This is definitely something to keep an eye on in the future. Both baseball and softball are going to be getting more interesting at the collegiate level very soon.
More and more high school baseball players are opting to go to college with the MLB Draft still being shortened following the COVID-19 pandemic.
Meanwhile, in the softball world, Women’s Professional Fastpitch, a professional softball league just started its first season. The WPF has multiple former Sooners in its ranks, including Collegiate Player of the Year Jocelyn Alo and WCWS Star Hope Trautwein.
ESPN put both the MCWS and WCWS on their streaming service ESPN+, making it even easier to follow college sports than ever.
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