How to Make Baseball an Olympic Sport
Originally Aired: Friday, November 14, 2008. This is a part of the 93-Second Sports Shot series. 93-Second Sports Shots air weekday evenings at 6pm.
Every couple of years, we love to show off
our dream team. Team USA is internationally renowned and fans worldwide love NBA
stars like Kobe, Lebron, and Yao Ming. Why is that? Because basketball, unlike
baseball, is an Olympic sport.
The International Baseball Federation today
made a presentation to the International Olympic Committee making the case for why
the sport should be back in 2016. But Iíll tell you what. Theyíre not going to say
yes, unless Major League Baseball makes a key change ñ sending MLB stars to the
big games. Thatís what everybody really wants. No one wants to see ñ or wanted to
see, for that matter - a bunch of amateurs, second-tier minor leaguers, and
occasional college students representing what we like to call Americaís pastime.
Hey, we didnít even qualify for Athens in 2004 ñ if itís not embarrassing to say
we couldnít compete in our national sport, I donít know what is.
maybe MLB will have to shut down for a couple of weeks. Or maybe teams will have
to play without their top talent. But frankly, will anyone care? Either everyone
will actually watch the Olympics to see some big talent, or fans might miss out
for a short while. But whatís 148 games when you compare it to 162? An even better
idea ñ start wrapping up the season and launch the playoffs in August. That way
sports fans everywhere can focus on whatís truly important in SeptemberÖthe return
of the NFL.
At any rate, baseball actually has some semblance of
international appeal. If the MLB wants to do its part in expanding its fan base
across the globe, it should do whatís necessary to bring baseball back to the
Olympics. Then again, I guess, who needs worldwide popularity when youíve got A-
Rod and Manny sitting at home making 25 million plus a year.
Oh well - just
as long as baseball doesnít step back and let the International Federation for
Roller Sports have their way - with Olympic rollerblading
(November 18, 2008)