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Postby JTWood » Sun Jul 01, 2007 9:12 am

The opening sentence in this story says that Boras loves the World Series soooo much, that he'd like to see it be a longer series. The next sentence says that he believes a nine-game WS would make more money than the Super Bowl.

Translation: Boras loves money.

Counterpoint: If Boras wants more two more games of baseball, why not argue for a 7-game Divisional series? Oh, that's right. It wouldn't allow cities to bid for the rights to host the games.

Read through this article and let me know if you think it makes about as much sense as Ryan Franklin making suggestions to MLB's drug policies. Oh, and make sure you look for the Derek Jeter quote. His opinion is a must, too.

ESPN.com wrote:NEW YORK -- Scott Boras loves the World Series so much, he wants to make it best-of-nine -- and open with two games at a neutral site.

Arguing that the shift would create a marketing bonanza that would rival the Super Bowl, Boras outlined his ideas in a two-page letter he sent to baseball commissioner Bud Selig on April 15.

"I know from an owner's perspective, this is a gold mine," Boras said. "To have a World Series Weekend, WSW, I think it will create a stage that the game has not seen."

Boras, the high-profile agent with high-profile clients who earn high-octane paychecks, said in an interview Thursday that he will meet with the commissioner after the All-Star break to discuss his proposal. He would open the weekend on a Friday night with a televised gala announcing the MVP, Cy Young, Rookie of the Year and Manager of the Year awards, and have the five top candidates for each in attendance.

Nine games? It's too long.

Hall of Fame voting would be announced Saturday, with the opener that night and Game 2 on Sunday night. After that, the Series would pick up the 2-3-2 format that's been used since 1925 (except for 1943 and 1945, when there were wartime travel restrictions). If the scheduled host club for the opener won the pennant, the Series could become a 3-4-2.

Cities would bid far in advance for the right to host the first two games, and baseball would solicit corporate money, trying to create an event similar to the Super Bowl, Final Four and BCS Championship. Figure on hotels with flowing hospitality suites, ballparks surrounded by champagne-and-caviar-filled tents and tarmacs cluttered with private jets.

"Create this buzz around it the same way they do the Super Bowl," Arizona outfielder Eric Byrnes said. "I think is a very innovative idea."

At the same time, it would add more tense games to a postseason in which World Series champions already have to pile up 11 wins.

"Nine games? It's too long," said New York Yankees captain Derek Jeter, the owner of four World Series rings.

Selig, who successfully pushed for the introduction of interleague play, wild-card teams and an extra round of playoffs, declined comment on Boras' letter.

There already has been one far less radical change to the World Series this year. While it was scheduled for a Saturday start from 1985 through last year, it is slated to begin on a Wednesday in an effort to decrease Saturday night telecasts, which get low television ratings.

The World Series originally was a best-of-nine affair, with the Boston Americans (now the Red Sox) beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-3 in 1903. The Series switched to best-of-seven for the second edition in 1905 and has remained that way with the exception of 1919, 1920 and 1921, when it was best-of-nine.

That, of course, was before television. Extra postseason games these days translate to more broadcast revenue.

"I could see how that would possibly be a big draw, a big money maker, something cool and new," San Francisco Giants player representative Randy Winn said. "But I think a seven-game Series is more than enough to decide who the world champion is."

Boras is convinced winning the right to stage the first two games would be a windfall for the host club, which would tie access to Series seats to season-ticket plans. Teams currently do that with the All-Star game.

Chicago's Wrigley Field hasn't hosted a World Series since 1945. The Series hasn't been to Washington, D.C., since 1933, and it's never been hosted by Colorado, Seattle, Tampa Bay or Texas.

"The World Series is something that rarely gets to a number of venues in professional baseball. And that's one problem because we want the fan base of particular cities to participate in the World Series even though there may be a lull in the particular performance of the regional team," Boras said.

Imagine World Series Weekend in Las Vegas? Or Hawaii? Maybe even Tokyo?

"Obviously generating revenue is what this is all about anymore, which is sad, but again, you have to find ways to make it work," Yankees manager Joe Torre said. "But, yeah, that's certainly intriguing."

Given baseball's traditional conservatism and resistance to change, Boras' idea likely won't be adopted anytime soon. But it has gotten some people thinking.

"I'm not a guy that would just want to hold onto the past for the sake of combating change," said Washington Nationals president Stan Kasten, who had one conversation with Boras about the proposal. "But in this case, I think we have such brand equity in the marketplace established with a seven-game Fall Classic, played in the two home cities. I really like that. For a lot of reasons, I think that neutral sites wouldn't work the way they do in other sports."

But if baseball ever does include neutral-site games, businesses would salivate to be involved.

"I think the opportunity to celebrate the ultimate of our national pastime in a neutral location opens up a whole host of opportunities for corporate sponsors," said Eric Kraus, a sports marketing executive formerly with Gillette and now with Covidien. "Like an All-Star game or like the Super Bowl, you're bringing in a whole host of fans and corporate partners that you wouldn't be able to reach."
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Re: Boras Tells Baseball to Play More Baseball

Postby Amazinz » Sun Jul 01, 2007 9:30 am

Neutral locations? Good grief... :-P
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Re: Boras Tells Baseball to Play More Baseball

Postby JTWood » Sun Jul 01, 2007 10:35 am

Amazinz wrote:Neutral locations? Good grief... :-P

Well, look at the bright side: Wrigley Field would finally get a World Series game played in it.

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Re: Boras Tells Baseball to Play More Baseball

Postby wrveres » Sun Jul 01, 2007 10:56 am

I have read his thoughts on this in the past, and I tend to agree with him ;-D
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Re: Boras Tells Baseball to Play More Baseball

Postby buffalobillsrul2002 » Sun Jul 01, 2007 11:00 am

Neutral site games? It's not a bad idea, from a financial perspective, but as a player I'd think that the extra trip would be really annoying. Also, it would ruin the fact that the World Series usually has some real fans at it. I think the neutral site games would end up just like the Super Bowl, where nobody who goes actually cares about the game. I also don't know about doing the awards night the night before the opener; I"m not sure all of the award-winners would want to show up for the event immediately after a tough 6-month season.
The one thing I do like is a 9-game, or even longer, World Series. In fact, I'd really want to see a "playoffs month", where all 8 playoff teams played each other 4 times and the team with the best 28 game record won. It'd be more fair. 3 Series is awfully unfair, as a team that suddenly gets hot for the playoffs could defeat a superior team (see last year's Cardinals).
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Postby Amazinz » Sun Jul 01, 2007 11:06 am

Home field advantage and having a team suited to the home park (in theory) is part of what's great about baseball. I understand the need to make money but that would be a sad change to the game for me. :,-(
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Re: Boras Tells Baseball to Play More Baseball

Postby AussieDodger » Sun Jul 01, 2007 7:19 pm

buffalobillsrul2002 wrote: In fact, I'd really want to see a "playoffs month", where all 8 playoff teams played each other 4 times and the team with the best 28 game record won. It'd be more fair. 3 Series is awfully unfair, as a team that suddenly gets hot for the playoffs could defeat a superior team (see last year's Cardinals).


That is exactly right.
I would even say that the 2005 Astros getting beat by CWS was kind of the same.
St Louis beating ANYONE in the 2006 playoffs was not really good for baseball.
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Re: Boras Tells Baseball to Play More Baseball

Postby JoshExley » Sun Jul 01, 2007 7:28 pm

I actually like the idea of a WEEKEND where awards are announced, etc.
9 games is a bit much, then again, MLB had 9-game series if I recall correctly...1903 Sox?

If Cooperstown held more people, maybe Game One could be played there and then go to a 2-2-2 series. Enough already with the All-Star game deciding home field advantage...
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Re: Boras Tells Baseball to Play More Baseball

Postby JTWood » Sun Jul 01, 2007 7:35 pm

AussieDodger wrote:
buffalobillsrul2002 wrote: In fact, I'd really want to see a "playoffs month", where all 8 playoff teams played each other 4 times and the team with the best 28 game record won. It'd be more fair. 3 Series is awfully unfair, as a team that suddenly gets hot for the playoffs could defeat a superior team (see last year's Cardinals).


That is exactly right.
I would even say that the 2005 Astros getting beat by CWS was kind of the same.
St Louis beating ANYONE in the 2006 playoffs was not really good for baseball.

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Re: Boras Tells Baseball to Play More Baseball

Postby AussieDodger » Sun Jul 01, 2007 7:43 pm

No no , my team is Oakland. I really , really hate the Cardinals though. I just have that avatar because it amuses me. I sent it in to an Australian rugby tipping site where you could only have a picture of yourself and nothing else and they accepted it. Ha! :-D
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