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Saturday, June 21, 2014

Ballpark Digest: NCAA’s Emmert disses minor-league sports; teams diss Emmert

Some minor league teams are having fun with NCAA President Mark Emmert’s comment that “U.S. minor league sports aren’t very successful either for fan support or for the fan experience.”

Lucky participants who take part in the Captains in-game promotions will not be rewarded for their efforts, rather, they will have the satisfaction of just having the opportunity to participate. At the end of the game, a promotional participant will be crowned that evening’s BCS (Big Captains Superstar) Champion via a subjective vote taken by members of the media and a computerized scoring algorithm.

Boileryard Posted: June 21, 2014 at 11:22 AM | 9 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: lake county captains, minor leagues, ncaa, st paul saints

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   1. morineko Posted: June 22, 2014 at 12:07 AM (#4732563)
I was at the Saints game tonight and left early because their fan entertainment got in the way of my enjoyment of the game (the dubious pitching product they put out there didn't help either.) I get the feeling "fans of baseball" aren't their target audience. And, yes, I attend affiliated minor league ball so I know what between-innings stuff looks like there.

Maybe their new stadium will get the fan experience to be somewhere approaching what I expect out of a game. Like a functioning scoreboard and PA system.
   2. Scott Lange Posted: June 22, 2014 at 07:47 AM (#4732596)
And, yes, I attend affiliated minor league ball so I know what between-innings stuff looks like there.

Still, going to a St. Paul Saints game and complaining about the entertainment is like going to Medieval Times and complaining about the jousting distracting you from your meal.
   3. morineko Posted: June 22, 2014 at 08:10 AM (#4732600)
I hadn't attended one of their games since 1993, when they were trying to be fun but legitimate baseball full of guys who got released from AAA, which appears to be the niche the Atlantic League is now in. I was there for the annual company picnic. The baseball was better than I thought it would be, but...yeah, I am not their target audience. Even if they do feature players I fondly remembering covering as Brewers farmhands.
   4. bunyon Posted: June 22, 2014 at 08:17 AM (#4732601)
Emmert has really come off bad in my opinion. Not so bad it will matter - big time NCAA sport is a money making juggernaut that will require serious legislative or court action to stop - but he pretty much personifies the douche you would expect to find behind some of the more outrageous NCAA goings on.
   5. GregQ Posted: June 22, 2014 at 08:56 AM (#4732609)
Emmert just seems clueless most of the time. He was going on some radio show a few weeks back as part of a PR campaign prior to the trial and asked people to send in questions on twitter for him. He was bombarded with negative questions and comments. One asked did he think that the South would still have slaves if it had simply called them student farmers. Oddly he did not answer that one or quite a few others
   6. RMc's Unenviable Situation Posted: June 22, 2014 at 10:59 AM (#4732632)
big time NCAA sport is a money making juggernaut

College baseball with never be "big time", not as long as its natural season -- summertime -- is incompatible with the school year.
   7. bunyon Posted: June 22, 2014 at 11:02 AM (#4732633)
I said big-time college sport: i.e. NCAA men's basketball and football. Every thing else is chump change and is much closer to what the NCAA pretends they're about. They aren't perfect but they aren't brazen dens of immorality, either.
   8. Shooty would run in but these bone spurs hurt! Posted: June 22, 2014 at 02:02 PM (#4732729)
The NCAA's argument that they have to protect players from having money won't get them far, I think.
   9. RMc's Unenviable Situation Posted: June 22, 2014 at 03:14 PM (#4732761)
The difference between college baseball and minor league baseball: even the best college teams have only a handful of pro prospects. In AA ball, everybody on the field is a pro prospect, by definition.

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