RE: Balog on following MLF – I get the confusion, but just wait. It’ll all make sense soon. The World Championship that recently aired had nothing to do with BPT and was filmed Q1 this year, culminating last year’s Cups and Selects. Pre-BPT stuff.
Think of the BPT season as having four quarters each consisting of two stages. Beginning October this year, you’ll see the top 30 from each quarter of the 2019 season compete in the made-for-TV Cups on CBS. Conversely, the Championship Rounds of all eight BPT Stages will be aired on Discovery.
In essence, MLF has two leagues ... well almost; BPT and the Cups fed by the BPT. Clear as mud? I get it.
Streaming live and filmed for TV accomplish several things. Both are designed to attract more eyeballs. The live probably attracts mostly bass heads like us, but I do believe more and more newbies are watching live (my wife, for example).
The CBS and Discovery airings are, I believe, produced to attract more non-endemic fans who may or may not follow the BPT.
From an MLF angler’s perspective, there’s up to 12 paying events on the line. All Cup qualifiers get paid. Add in the exposure of live plus CBS plus Discovery, it’s no wonder they like the exposure.
Yes, and all this just happened in just a year. Whew!