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How to Make Baseball an Olympic Sport
dsd73@cornell.edu
| November 14, 2008
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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. Okay, so 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 races.
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.
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