The potential new labor deal for Major League Baseball is a great start towards revitalizing baseball and leaping possibly into the number two US sport behind the NFL. Moreover, the deal could be the start of building an enterprise that can endure. I actually love baseball and in particular going to summer evening games with friends and family to take in a game and commiserate. So take all this as just the ramblings of a punch drunk Braves fan looking for a better way. Baseball is doing OK, but their ratings and attendance are sinking. Regional college football games beat out the world series games, which turned out to be insanely dramatic and entertaining. Beyond the pros of the labor deal, there are a few suggestions I would like to recommend for taking MLB to the next level centered around 4 areas; length of season, number of games, playoff format and parity.
- Introduce a strict 6 month season.
- 5 regular season and 1 post season month.
- Begin the season on May 1st & end by October 31st.
- Condense the season to 100 games.
- Capped at 20 games a month per team (10 home and 10 away).
- Limit games to Tuesday, Wednesday Friday, Saturday, and Sundays.
- Fewer games means a higher demand to see them and increased revenues.
- Go to a 12 team playoff.
- 6 teams from each league.
- The #1 & 2 teams in each league would get first round byes
- This format replicates the NFL playoff schedule as a template.
- More teams in the playoffs will mean more fans who feel apart of the post season and higher viewership.
- Lastly, the league has to develop better parity like the NFL and the how’s of achieving this goal remain the most contentious amongst owners and between them and the players.
- Apply a Revenue Sharing model and alternatively work together to create collective merchandising deals for the league as a whole (i.e a single uniform vendor).
- The league has to undergo contraction. Financially under performing franchises should be removed: Tampa Bay, Kansas City, etc.
- A salary cap and/or a salary spending minimums should be introduced to level the playing field.