sportsaddict wrote:Part of the reason why NFL and NBA drafts are so popular is because of the popularity of college basketball and football. The MLB draft will only become popular when college baseball becomes popular, because then people will be interested in seeing players they have watched and where they will go.
Maybe that is why it orgianlly became popular, but besides that one game on ESPN, how many people actually got to see Lebron James play before he was drafted? How many people ever saw Kwame Brown play? these are the guys that people tuned in to watch. The NFL draft is an event in its seld. The NBA is an event in its self. If Baseball Markets it self properly it will help the minor leagues, the Major leagues and college baseball become more popular.
The only real downside is that MLB GMs are going to have a harder time selling trades involving top prospects to their fan base.
"I do not think baseball of today is any better than it was 30 years ago... I still think Radbourne is the greatest of the pitchers." John Sullivan 1914-Old athletes never change.