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The proposal calls for men's baseball and women's softball to be played at a single venue over seven to 10 days. Each tournament would feature eight teams. Baseball and softball would be two disciplines under a single sports banner...
Softball and baseball are competing with karate, roller sports, squash, sports climbing, wakeboard and wushu for inclusion in 2020. Only one spot on the Olympic program is open.
[International Softball Federation president Don] Porter said the combined federation would operate only for the Olympics, a plan that was questioned by IOC executive board member Denis Oswald.
"That's not enough," Oswald, who heads the Association of Summer International Sports Federations, told the AP. "They should be one federation overall. We didn't say to merge just for the Olympics."
The absence of major league players in the Olympics was a major factor in the IOC's decision to drop baseball, and the issue remains crucial to any chance of reinstatement. Major League Baseball has been unwilling to shut down the season during the Olympics.
"If they don't propose their best athletes it will be difficult," Oswald said. "If they do, then they have a chance just like the others."
I'd think the Olympics' USA TV rights would be more valuable with baseball & softball than without them.
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