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Tuesday, April 07, 2020

One reason why a quarantined baseball season could be a big win for MLB

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There’s another potential win here, and it could be huge for baseball: For a sport that’s been slowly losing its grip on a once-loyal audience, a captive and hungry group of sports fans could be what baseball needs to become America’s Pastime again.

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From here on in this hypothetical, let’s just assume that everything in America is going well enough that playing baseball doesn’t pose a large public health risk. In that case, baseball has a chance to reclaim some of the glory it has lost to football, basketball and other sports. At least until fans start flooding back into stadiums and the NFL is king again.

Imagine a sports world where baseball is the only thing happening. All those fans who just tune in for Game 7s or high-leverage October tilts, you know they’d be watching. All those people who don’t even identify as baseball fans, but who are thirsty for live sports? They’d be watching.

All those people who turned to marble racing, video-game simulations or Rex Chapman’s Twitter feed to get their fix? They’d quickly learn how to pronounce Ronald Acuña Jr. They’d fall in love with Juan Soto’s batter’s box shuffle. They’d realize just how good Mike Trout is and how tough it is to hit Gerrit Cole. And they’d probably boo the Astros from the comfort of their own home.

So, what do you make of this argument?

 

QLE Posted: April 07, 2020 at 12:45 AM | 1 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Mayor Blomberg Posted: April 07, 2020 at 02:46 AM (#5937175)
Assuming the NBA doesn't restart with its own Q league, and assuming people tune in now who don't tune in over the summer when it's the only game around, yeah. But that's some assumptions.

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