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For those of you that you're not to know, my name is Jesse Clark.
I stream and right on behalf of the Unwrap Sports Network, follow me on Twitter at J. Crockett 24.
And before I get started here on part two of the series that we started last night, I just wanted to kind of recap the fact that this is the last day of the month, March 31st and I started one month from tomorrow with the streams.
And I just want to thank all of you guys for continuing to tune in and giving support than sharing on social media, et cetera, et cetera.
Never in a 1,000,000 years did I imagine when we started this a month ago that I would quickly run out of sports to talk about because we wouldn't have them.
But nonetheless, you know, it is what it is.
You got to move on, and you know, it's got to go up from here, right? So all that said I just wanted to quickly thank all you guys for continuing to support me and tuning into the streams.
So let's move on here to the Part two topic of tonight, which we started last night.
And that is improvements that major League baseball can make to give a recap of last night's stream.
If you did not catch it, I just wanted to quickly go over some of the ideas we came up with and feel free to, you know, Post in the chat If I am missing any glaring ideas that you guys have, uh, or anything that I may have looked past.
But that being said to recap last night, first things first.
We stated that we should probably shorten the season.
Major league baseball season is too long 162 games, and we acknowledge the fact that you know, baseball historians and the audience is very fixated on the, you know, stats in history of the game, and that may cause and rift with some of them.
But let's be honest.
If you want to bring in a younger audience and you want to keep people engaged, they have to shorten the season no matter what it does to the records and the stats that was first next week discussed marketing players better.
Now that is something of the NFL and the n ba Doo, Amazingly, and MLB needs to improve drastically.
All knows, just a few ideas we came up with were continuing to Mike up.
These players, as they have in the preseason this year during action, get getting live, you know, reactions out of these players, letting them have some personality and showing that on camera and putting these guys and positions to succeed outside of baseball.
Get these guys and more commercials.
You know, we discussed the idea that if you're not in, you know, living in California and Mike Trout's walking into your grocery, how many people are going to recognize them? And he's the best player in baseball.
So it's just things like that that baseball needs to do a better job.
And then one other idea that we discussed and then one other idea we did not discuss, but I thought discussed.
But I thought about it overnight, and I wanted to add this to the list of ideas toe better market players.
We discussed having some sort of red zone channel type thing like the NFL does or like n BA does, and being able to switch from game to game and live action and capture those big moments that are missed from, you know, highlights or just being able to tune in live action to some of these bigger events from team to team is a huge deal, and I think MLB could do a better job of doing that.
But the other idea that I came up with Waas I think Major League Baseball would be smart to follow the model.
That and if the NFL has had over the past couple years and starting something similar to hard knocks.
You know, hard knocks for the NFL is where they focus on one team and they, you know, basically film a series of how it is in training camp and how you know it shows these players personalities that shows behind the scenes, some of the business decisions, you know, cutting players.
Some of these big decisions managers and coaches have to make on a consistent basis.
You know those things behind the scenes, I think, could be a huge deal for Major League Baseball.
I think they could show, you know, Spring Training's a fun little, you know, month along trip that some fans make.
And it's a time where you know, baseball players don't play every day.
They are able to interact with some of the fans.
They're able to sign autographs.
I think seeing some of that stuff behind the scenes and maybe even some of the players goofing off, you know, warming up and those types of things and how they prepare for games, you know, in the batting cages and those types of things.
I think if they could capture that element, I think Major League Baseball would profit greatly on having a television show like that where they're able to, you know, mock the model that the NFL does with hard knocks and pick one team each spring training to highlight.
So I just thought that was another cool idea that we didn't really discuss on last night's, uh, Part one improvements and I'll be can make section.
So I thought that was worth mentioning for Part two.
Next we discussed, you know, eliminating service time for the minor leaguers.
Bring these guys up right away.
You know, stop fixating their service time and not allowing them to come up to the majors when they're ready, and that's just kind of Ah, ownership thing.
That's something that the players union is going to have to work out, that that's why we have some issues there, some lower market teams being able to compete with the, you know, big dogs that are able to spend big money on free agents and, you know, in a way to compete with them.
It's really the only way to do it, so I understand it.
But I think it would be better if it was able to be eliminated from baseball.
Next, we discussed eliminating blackout restrictions.
There is no excuse for not allowing fans to be able to watch their hometown games, no matter where they live, especially like the Dodgers.
We mentioned where L a fans that live in the L A area can't even tune into their team on local broadcast because of the TV deals that are out there.
And you know, blackout restrictions are just completely unnecessary and takes away from teams being able to tune in tow every game that they should be able to tune into.
Lastly, we discussed adding D H toe both leagues, you know the American League hasn't now.
The National League does not.
It doesn't make sense at all in any way, shape or form.
It's something that should be implemented in both leagues.
It's fair all the way around it, you know, limits some of the small ball, and some of those things could get taken out of the game.
But let's be honest.
We've made the comparison to the MBA.
You know, the Eastern Conference teams aren't allowed to shoot four point shots, whereas the Western Conference doesn't you know, an advice for So when they go to visit those opposing teams, they have a completely different rule set.
It just doesn't make sense.
So to keep the consistency in both leagues and to make offense Maur exciting and, you know, scoring more exciting and just the dynamic there, you know, expanding the rosters to allow more players to shine in the major leagues as hitters, you know, although all that being said is why we discussed adding D H to be a good thing for Major League baseball.
Now that wraps up what we discussed last night.
Let's move on to ah few ideas tonight.
We're not gonna have as many ideas, but I thought just putting a bow on this would be helpful.
Here are the last couple ideas I came up with.
I think MLB needs to make a more concerted effort to model the NFL, where they have fully embraced sports betting and fantasy sports.
I think when you go to the ballpark, they should have that everywhere.
They should make it.
You know, they they should encourage it.
It doesn't make sense why they wouldn't.
And it's the only way for more fans to get interested and expand the fan base instead of the sport being so regional, you know, being able to expand it to a larger audience.
Fantasy sports that are going to help that if you have ah player on your fantasy team, you are going to be tuning in.
If you're a die hard baseball fan and you're in it for the long haul and you're willing to commit to a season long baseball league which takes a big time commitment to d'oh you, you're going to be interested in tuning into several different types of games in several different teams and I think that could expand baseball's audience and make it more fun and interactive for the younger audience and the older audience that that it's not really anything that is geared towards a certain audience, other than the fact that it is a little more technologically, you know, technologically based, which could result in younger fans being more interested.
So I think they should make a conscious effort to embrace fantasy baseball.
For instance, ESPN has shows an NFL network have shows every single Sunday morning when you're waking up during football season, they're breaking down fantasy matchups And what to dio here and there in there's, you know, that creates a big audience.
And if Major League Baseball could invest in or make a deal with ESPN or Fox Sports or one of those other big networks to start producing fantasy content like that one television and allowing fans the tune into that, I think it couldn't hurt.
And I think it could only help, you know, gain interest from fans and expand the audience.
So I would love to see them make more conscious effort to embrace sports betting and fantasy sports in general.
My next idea is to tighten the playoff schedule just a little bit you know, the first Siri's of the playoffs is a five game series.
And then, from there on out, their seven game series is, and the baseball season is just too long as it is that the playoffs seem like they drag on Maur and Maura and Maura's well.
And then, by that time, everyone has kind of lost interest.
Unless it's your hometown team, you know, playing and, you know, deep in the playoffs and playing for a World Series.
So I would recommend that they, you know, minimize the number of games to five game series for every single Siri's until you get to the World Series and then maybe make it a seven names.
Here is, But, you know, starting rotations normally have five starting pitchers.
So just the five game series, it kind of all matches up.
It would be better for, you know, teams to be able to use more pictures, you know, keep guys healthier.
Not, you know, teams having to make these crazy decisions where they're pitching, you know, you know, one or two guys, two games in the series, I don't know.
It just it just makes things a lot easier and minimizes the time and takes away less games.
If you just have five games serious throughout the playoffs until you reach the world Siris.
So that would be my other small recommendation.
My next recommendation is to and and I will fully admit, I really don't know the logistics of how this would work.
But the idea of a salary cap being implemented could be a discussion topic in a debate that we could have for hours upon hours on how you would do that.
It's never really going to get fully implemented unless the players union and the owners come to some sort of agreement, and it seems far fetched a work.
But I think if you limited the idea of the New York Yankees in the Boston Red Sox in the L A Dodgers being ableto outspend all these other teams every single off season on the free agent market and everything else and making these huge trades toe land, these guys that make a ton of money and be able to out price other teams if you made the dynamic a little bit closer like the NFL has, you know NFL free agency has become crazy over the last couple years and trades constantly happened over the offseason.
It makes it extremely exciting in the way that that is able to be implemented is because each team has a salary cap.
And if you're able, if each team has a sour cap and everyone's on the same level playing field than everyone deals with, the same problems of, you know, dealing with players that are going, you know, signing their next contract and signing that big deal, you know, not playing under the rookie contracts.
You know, everybody has a distinct advantage in signing these rookies in keeping them under those rookie contracts for a CZ, long as they possibly can.
And I think a salary cap would just make more diversity and give more teams a chance to be competitive each year.
And it would really help the fan bases of these smaller market teams continue to stay engaged throughout the year instead of losing interest.
When you know your team is not even trying to thes big teams is big market teams can just out price them.
So I think implementing some sort of salary cap to Major league baseball would make a drastic improvement across the board, and I'm not entirely sure on the logistics on how you would do that.
But I do think if we put you know ego aside and the players and the owners were ableto come to some sort of consensus on that, that would make great improvements to the league as a whole and the last one I would recommend.
And I don't really know how you would do this either.
But I think one of the bigger problems that baseball has now is they need to incentivize thes ballclubs to bring fans to the ball parks.
You know, they have these huge TV deals, and that's what makes you know.
That's the big Jennet revenue generator for Major League Baseball, and they don't profit as much.
It's not as important as it waas for fans to come to the ballpark because they're signing $1,000,000,000 deals with Fox and these other big time networks.
And if I think what makes baseball so unique compared to other sports is, there's just nothing like that ballpark feeling going to the ballpark Witnessing games live to me is unlike any other sport.
You have an affordable price to be able to go to the game for one.
There's not a terrible seat in many of these ballparks.
No matter what seat you get, whether you're spending, you know, in the nosebleeds or you are sitting right up, you don't close to the dugout right behind home plate.
There's not a big difference in, you know, having a good view in being able to enjoy your experience at the ballpark.
I just think that back feeling in that vibe and atmosphere is something that you can't recapture and recreate with other sports.
And I think if they were able to change the model away from some of these TV deals and really incentivized these ball clubs to bring fans to the ballpark and being able to see and witness in person that special feeling that US fans that are diehards get when you go to the ballpark.
I think if they were able to recreate that somehow, I think it would gain more interest in fans.
And you know you wouldn't be constantly hearing about how baseball is boring and you know, games or too long.
When you go to the games, the games fly by in an instant and you know I even catch myself sometimes, you know, walking up in the scoreboard, thinking it can't be the seventh inning already, and you just get lost in it.
And I just think that there is something special about going to the ballpark that, for whatever reason, what these TV deals has been lost a little bit.
And I just think that, you know, baseball needs to do a better job of being able to recreate that special atmosphere and bringing fans to the ballpark and really making these teams, uh, you know, contribute and and find ways to bring fans to the ballpark the way that they used to.
So, yeah, and I agree.
I think it's the best live experience in sports.
In in all of sports.
I've been toe, you know, Ohio Stadium, where the Buckeyes play one of the best atmospheres in college football.
I've been to, you know, UT basketball games University of Dayton, where they play the 1st 4 college basketball games that you know that stadium gets just about as loud as any other stadium I've been to.
I've been to N B A games playoff games at bat, and there's just nothing quite like a day at the ballpark.
And I wish that Major League Baseball could pay closer attention to doing what they need to do to bring more fans to the ballpark on an everyday basis instead of seeing some of these stadiums so empty like you.
D'oh! So Oh, no, that's pretty much it.
I mean, you could make this list as long as you wanted it to be, but I think we did a pretty good job and I enjoyed the discussion.
I enjoyed some of you guys commenting in the chat.
Thank you for doing that, because I think it really helps the discussion along and helps that debate.
But that being said that finishes the two part series there of how major league baseball can improve their product and how they can bring Maur viewership and fans and stop losing the younger fans to there ballparks and to their product as a whole.
So that just about does it, I would encourage you guys.
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That's the only way that conversations like this are going to keep going.
And other ideas they're going to be implemented are you know, those types of discussions.
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