Baseball Is Doing Great And People Need To Stop Suggesting Dumb Ways To Fix It

Albert Pujols

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Despite what you may hear or read, Major League Baseball has never been better.With superstars switching leagues, previously dormant clubs primed for long term playoff contention, and the added excitement of an extra Wild Card team for each league, the game has never been healthier.

Suggestions that baseball shorten its season and games or even go as far as giving pitchers a “pitch clock” completely ignore reality.

The game is thriving.

  • Television’s obsession with live, DVR-proof programming has led to some monstrous cable rights deals for nearly every MLB team. This trend means even small market clubs like the Cincinnati Reds are able to keep their stars from jumping to richer teams like the New York Yankees or Boston Red Sox as had been happening just a few years ago.
  • Except for a couple poorly-managed teams, game attendance is doing really well. MLB’s last eight seasons are the eight highest attended seasons in league history.
  • Baseball’s 30 clubs combined for $6.3 billion in revenue in 2011, a 3.4 per cent increase over 2010.
  • Larger revenue sharing pools thanks to luxury taxes on player salaries and MLB’s digital platforms ($600 million per year in revenue) means more teams being able to compete with the big boys. Fans of small market clubs now have hope.

Sure, baseball isn’t perfect.

MLB does a poor job of promoting its stars on a national level and fumbles something as simple as “opening day.”

And of course, baseball doesn’t hold a candle to the NFL. But nobody does.

The Major League Baseball season is an everyday, six-month marathon in which the eventual champion ultimately plays well over 170 games. That’s what some usually complain about. “It’s too long!” they argue.

As the facts show, however, fans enjoy the way baseball is currently set up and only want to see more of it.

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