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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

MLB doesn’t need radical changes to attract the young. It should make games more accessible.

Baseball is a game for the 1%!

That’s the real issue here: the exclusivity of the game. It’s becoming a product for rich people, not all people. Baseball has let it become this way by chasing cable dollars, corporate dollars and luxury amenities, but it has done it at the expense of common people. People who used to talk about baseball being “the soundtrack of summer” but who now, in addition to having a lot more options, are less likely to encounter baseball in the wild because it has become cloistered off on cable packages which cost hundreds of dollars. It’s becoming less and less available in the same way a lot of other popular entertainment is: on demand, on any device. It’s no longer in the ether, as it were, floating around with other things.

The game on the field, while always amenable to some tweaks here or there, is generally fine. Rather than make radical changes to it, what baseball should do is to make the package of entertainment it sells more accessible and welcoming to more people. MLB, you have us diehards. You have those of us who played a lot of baseball as kids and lived and breathed it as we got older. Don’t punt the younger people who may be willing to come to the game without that same background and commitment. Don’t punt those people who can’t afford to become diehards because of how much it costs to be one these days.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 17, 2016 at 10:19 AM | 38 comment(s)
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