What I find interesting, is that baseball is reportedly losing viewers, and failing to draw in young/new fans. Yet the sport is raking in significantly more money than it has ever seen before.
I like the tradition of baseball. But if it really is a dying sport, then I suppose it's time to make sweeping changes. Since length of games is the issue that everyone points to, perhaps a better approach is to just shorten the game to 5 innings. If it's pace of game, then do what we do in our softball league. Everyone starts with a 1-1 count, so get to hackin'. Here's another suggestion, no mid-inning pitcher changes. If you start the inning, you finished the inning (exception for injuries).
I have no problem with the game, as is. You want a boring sport, watch a basketball game. Hours upon hours of watching 5-6 guys run up and down the court, practically scoring at will. IF you can score 100+ points in a game, it's too easy to score. That's a game than needs to be shortened. Make games 2 minutes long, and I might watch. When I started dating my wife, she dragged me to a Bullets game. It was the only time I took a book to a sporting event. By the end of the night, I had so dismantled the game, and so convincingly pointed out it's flaws, she never watched another game again.
Take that NBA...I reduced your fan base without any effort at all.
Baby Boomers and their parents still constitute a Large majority in terms of population demographics. That may explain why Baseball still is a huge money maker even though the fan base is Aging faster than other sports.
Younger generations are more interested in the NFL and NBA (and the NCAA versions of those sports). Speaking for myself, there's not as much interest in Pro-Baseball among my peers as Football and Basketball. My Facebook and Twitter newsfeeds are constantly dominated by chatter about Football and Basketball. Rarely does Baseball become a top trending topic.
And even though the NHL isn't as popular as the MLB, I see more chatter about Hockey than Baseball. Perhaps Hockey fans tend to be younger on average than Baseball fans? I haven't seen a comparison between those two sports.
I'm sure MLB does their own market research and sees similar trends with young Americans. They're understandably concerned about Baseball's future.
I think speeding up the pace of the game is a start. Even adding a Play Clock could make a big difference but I'm sure baseball purists will hate it.
I'm a big fan of Offense and I think Offense does help attract more casual fans of the sport. Maybe they could call a smaller strike zone in order to reduce Strikeouts.
Those are just a few ideas. Baseball is considering changes for the longterm survival of the sport and I'm okay with that
Edited by soulflower, 13 March 2017 - 12:42 PM.