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MLB's draft begins tomorrow and is being dubbed as "America's least watched draft."

About 200,000 will tune into the MLB Network to watch with 300,000 viewers being branded 'highly unlikely.'

An average of 208,000 watched the big-league teams select from the best amateur baseball players last year and a similar number is expected this time around.

In April, 7.7 million people watched the first day of this year's NFL draft on either ESPN or NFL Network with a couple of million still watching on day three. Almost three million people watched the NBA draft last June on ESPN.

Since 2007, MLB has been attempting to replicate these sports by making their draft a televised event. Peter Woodfork, the league's vice president for baseball operations, says: “It’s a big deal, it’s the player’s first step in professional baseball. And we wanted to make it bigger.” 

Baseball is working hard as it tries to attract an audience. The game has very few celebrities that aren't role models or icons for fans. 

Most of the players being drafted are high school boys who have never played in front of national TV audiences.

Unlike most sports, the baseball drafts occur in the middle of the season and have to compete with games.

“Some fans are flipping back and forth waiting for their team to pick,” admits Woodfork.

“That’s something we’ll have to look at in the future. Can we make it more of a solo act?”


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