If professional baseball used a relegation system comparable to systems used in professional soccer (everywhere outside of the U.S.), what league would the Pirates be competing in today? Triple A? Double A?
And while I'm thinking of sports and soccer, I'm reminded for no particular reason of this nugget from the Post-Gazette, back in June:
Sunday's CONCACAF Gold Cup final in which the United States defeated Mexico, 2-1, attracted 41 percent more television households in the United States than the Stanley Cup final clincher -- and that was just for the soccer game's Spanish-language telecast. The game earned a 2.5 fast national rating on Univision. That translates to 2.83 million households. Anaheim's series-ending 6-2 victory vs. Ottawa for the Stanley Cup June 6 received a 1.8 rating on NBC.
And still, there is no Spanish-language TV in Pittsburgh. Univision was the #2 broadcast network nationwide for adults 18-34 (all adults, not just Hispanic adults) during the last sweeps period.