Chris Rock on Why Black People Don’t Watch Baseball
Chris Rock is an unusual guy. Not because he’s an exceptionally gifted comic. (Though he is.) Not because he has years and years of hilarious stand-up material and hit movies. (Though he does.)
No, Chris Rock is unusual because he’s a black baseball fan. There are not very many of those left. On HBO’s Real Sports, Rock explains why.
Baseball attendance is declining across the board. The game just seems out of step with modern culture — particularly black culture. Once 20% of baseball’s audience, African Americans now make up less than 8%. And Major League Baseball doesn’t seem to be doing anything about it. Actually, they’re making things worse. (Having a throwback old-timey baseball game on a freaking plantation is not helping things.)
Rock makes a lot of great, funny points in this excellent video. But basically, baseball is old, boring and un-cool.