By: Jordan Smith
Here's part 2 of the 3-Part Post Series. In this post, we will be taking a look at the expert's opinion about expanding the playoffs. You will need to read Part One if you haven't already in order to understand this post. If you haven't read Part One yet or you just want to refresh your memory about what part one is about, click the link below.
Adding the number of playoff teams for Major League Baseball is key in expanding the sport and raising fan support, thus having each team in the Majors earning more money. The more the sport grows, the more money and fan support there will be. Maury Brown, with the Biz Of Baseball, agrees with this perspective, "After all, MLB has the fewest percentage of playoff teams, and if you're going to add more in, the one game, winner-moves-on, loser-goes-home format makes for more excitement. ...As is almost always the case, money is a large driver" ("Expanded"). Brown's opinion is correct because of the fact that baseball is America's National Past time and should be bigger. Plus, every company want to have more money in their pocket. Daniel Barbarisi and Matthew Futterman with the Washington Post asked a consultant to the MLB and sports economist about his opinion on the 3-Round format for the playoffs, "There is some dynamism here," Mr. Zimbalist said. "And it's going to bring more excitement to more cities and more teams and more fans" ("Baseball's"). This baseball traditionalist is explaining in this quote that he enjoys the fact that baseball is going unconventional with the standard of baseball and is shaking things up a bit.
Adding more teas to the postseason will definitely help teams as far as making a profit in the season and during the playoffs and will also expand the sport. Barbarisi and Futterman agree with this as found in a quote form Commissioner Bud Selig used in their article, "All these changes are about the growth of the sport," said MLB Commissioner Bud Selig, who announced the moves at the quarterly owners meetings here. "It's had 18 years of the greatest growth in its history." Mr. Selig said MLB revenue reached $7 Billion in 2011" ("Baseball's"). Both of the authors with this quote from the commissioner are explaining how all changes to the sport are for the better of Baseball. The fans are just as much a part of this as the players and organizations themselves. The fans come to not only enjoy a ball game on a Sunday afternoon, but to also come closer together and create memories that will last a lifetime. Camille Powell with The Washington Post, wrote a story about Eric Zimmerman, a partner at the Leesburg law firm of Price & Zimmerman, recalls his favorite childhood memories. "Some of Eric Zimmerman's fondest memories have come on the baseball diamond - memories from his childhood, when he played baseball for his father, and more recent memories, from coaching his children's baseball teams" ("The"). Zimmerman's memories of his childhood playing ball with his father are intangible things that only he can have. Later explained in the article, a partner of Zimmerman's explains how much of an impact Zimmerman has on the community, "His whole life revolves around his family, his community, his church and the great all-American pastime of baseball," said Steve Price, Zimmerman's partner in the law firm. "He is very highly thought of by everyone that knows him" ("The"). Eric has made baseball a way to live his life and bring his family together while remembering how it brought him and his parents together when he was a child.
Do you agree with the experts on this? Leave a comment below about what you think about the proposal so far and what you think about the experts take on this. Coming up tomorrow in the last post of the 3-Part Post Series, we will be taking a look at how ticket revenue in the playoffs has impacted the sport of baseball and how it can affect the sport in the future.
-Barbarisi, Daniel, and Matthew Futterman. "Baseball's Double Switch; New Divisions, Playoff Rounds Intended to Boost Revenue." Wall Street Journal (Online) 18 Nov. 2011. ProQuest. Web. 1 Dec. 2014.
-Brown, Maury. "Expanded Playoffs in MLB Needs to Wait Till 2013." The Biz of Baseball 10 Jan. 2012. General OneFile. Web. 26 Nov. 2014.
-Powell, Camille. "The Diamonds in this Father's Eyes; Family, Baseball Serve as Prevailing Passions." The Washington Post: 0. 21 Jun. 1998. ProQuest. Web. 1 Dec. 2014.