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Not sure what the intro is going for but I really like MLB network. Is that opinion not widely shared?
To be more specific, the type of people Brian Kenny often is speaking to on MLB Now.
Steinberg's "baseball has prospered under his tenure" argument is not unlike the HOF argument for Marvin Miller.
It seems to me that baseball would have come back from the 1994 strike as long as it was led by somebody marginally competent
the idiotic replacement player scheme
Things Selig did well: labour peace after 1994/5, merging the team sites into a single unit so profits from the web are shared equally (help keep all teams high revenue), MLB.TV (although local games should be available), competitive balance since 2000 (2001-2012 saw 9 teams get the 12 WS no one more than 2 with many long streaks ending, Red Sox/White Sox/Giants/Phillies and first time winners Angels/Arizona).
The big problems: 1994/5 (lost WS and the idiotic replacement player scheme), PED's (oh no, they didn't exist in the early 90's), competitive balance in the 90's (from the amazingly balanced 1978-1992 period where only the Dodgers and Twins had 2 titles to the 92-2000 period where of 8 WS the Yankees had 4 titles, Jays 2, Marlins & Atlanta 1 each all having very high payrolls), the total destruction of the Expos then letting their owner stay in MLB.
But as #1 suggests, these were great years in general for most major-league sports franchises, right?
I would be more inclined to give Selig credit for MLB.tv and all the internet stuff if I thought he had anything at all to do with it. But I don't.
He brought baseball into the modern era by founding MLB Advanced Media, which expanded their reach online
In 2011, both the NBA and the NFL had lockouts, and the NBA came pretty close to losing their season
He absolutely 100% did. Selig is not a tech guy of any sort, but despite that he realized early on the power of the internet in building MLB's brand and he invested his personal credibility and seal of approval within MLB into pushing hard for a major web presence long before the other major sports did.
Again, it is not just that they got into the internet early or in a big way, but that they did it right.
Debatable: making the all-star game 'count
expanded wild cards
Like most people,I think the game is the best the way it was when I was a kid or before and I grew up in the Seventies. Personally, I'd rather do it real old school,two leagues, a 162 game playoff and the best two teams meet. If not that, then two divisions per league with the champs going to the playoffs. Anything that waters down the playoffs,that makes the regular season pennant races less important I'm against. And I say this as a Red Sox fan who's team would never have won the series if not for the WC. That's how much I hate the WC
You'll have to take my course at NYU to see how wrong you are.
Serious question - how does one sign up?
Am I confused, or did baseball not have a "season long strike"?
The return of baseball to Washington -- a top 10 market -- isn't one of the things Selig did well?
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