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Friday, June 14, 2019

MLB In Omaha Shows Potential Of Better Partnership With NCAA

The question remains what is to come of this arrangement. MLB and the NCAA haven’t been able to find common ground on much in the past, though the relationship has improved since Rob Manfred became commissioner. Will MLB in Omaha become an annual event the way the Little League Classic has? Will Manfred get his ultimate wish of holding the draft in Omaha just across the street from TD Ameritrade Park at CHI Health Center Convention Center? Or will the two entities continue to struggle to find common ground?

Thursday night was a good start. But there’s a lot that can be accomplished if MLB and the NCAA can find a way to improve their working relationship. The draft’s position on the schedule remains a thorn in the side of all parties and there are plenty more topics they can discuss from scholarships to increased attention on the college game from MLB’s media arm and beyond.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 14, 2019 at 08:27 AM | 7 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 14, 2019 at 12:01 PM (#5851946)
From what I understand, the NCAA is the big stickler. MLB wants to move the draft to Omaha around the time of the CWS with a game like this kicking it off, but the NCAA worries about its student-athletes becoming pros that week.
   2. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: June 14, 2019 at 12:33 PM (#5851966)
I think you've nailed it RR. I've been out of 'covering' college baseball for awhile, but the NCAA has thwarted efforts by MLB to basically subsidize wood bats. Aside: CWS is an awesome event to attend. one of my faves.
   3. SoSH U at work Posted: June 14, 2019 at 12:40 PM (#5851969)
CWS is an awesome event to attend. one of my faves.


I've never been, but it's at the very top of my list of sporting events I'd love to attend.

the NCAA worries about its student-athletes becoming pros that week.


Even if they don't sign a deal, is the NCAA afraid of some of its drafted players (notably pitchers) sitting out the rest of the tourney?

   4. DL from MN Posted: June 14, 2019 at 12:48 PM (#5851971)
Even if they don't sign a deal, is the NCAA afraid of some of its drafted players (notably pitchers) sitting out the rest of the tourney?


Why would that change from the current situation?

Why can't the draft be the Monday after the CWS is over?
   5. SoSH U at work Posted: June 14, 2019 at 12:50 PM (#5851974)
Why would that change from the current situation?


I wouldn't think it should. But I'm just curious what the NCAA's reasoning is.

   6. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 14, 2019 at 03:05 PM (#5852034)

Why can't the draft be the Monday after the CWS is over?


Because the short-season leagues start this week. I guess you could just start those two weeks later and either trim their schedule, or have their seasons go two weeks into September.
   7. bfan Posted: June 14, 2019 at 03:22 PM (#5852042)
There are 1200 players drafted. If the 8 teams in the CWS have 5 players each that are getting drafted (and that seems high), that is 40. It doesn't seem right to delay getting on with the considerations for a life as a pro baseball player for the other 1160 kids.

The other good things about this for MLB is that 81 games is a tough amount to get your home crowds to attend (other than if you are Boston, I guess). Reducing the load on a team's season ticket holder by getting out of your park to promote the game in other cities without MLB would be a good thing, even if it were only 3 times a year.

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