The season of meaning is upon us
Around this time of year, there is plenty to be excited about in sports. March Madness, the start of the baseball season, NBA and NHL playoff races, you know what I am talking about. There is a distinct connection between all of these events which makes this time so special. All of these games are played with meaning and purpose.
It could be a single elimination tournament, you might need to win two out of three games to make it to the post season, or you might want to start the season off on the right foot, but the players actually play and the fans actually care during this time of the year.
Compare this to mid-June when (insert your favorite baseball team here) are playing their 50th or so game of the season. The mentality at that time is completely different. It is like, “Who cares if we lose this one, we still have over a hundred more games to play.” Not only for the players, but the fans, too.
This will never happen, but the MLB and NBA ought to make their schedules considerably shorter.
From a sport standpoint, there is no reason to have such long schedules. 162 MLB games and 82 NBA games? I say cut those numbers in half. Players and fans alike start to lose interest. Individual games start to take on less and less meaning because there are so many more games to get back on track. There is no sense of urgency.
From a revenue standpoint, I understand why the seasons are drawn out. Lots of games equals lots of money, I get it.
The NFL is one league that has it right, which is one reason why it’s passing up baseball as America’s favorite sport, if it hasn’t already. Every game has a large impact on the season as a whole. Players can’t just take a day off and go at it hard tomorrow. Fans cannot wait until Sunday rolls around. The league has the whole package. It’s exciting and meaningful; I wish other leagues would take note.
I don’t really have a clever way to end this post, I’m drawing a blank. No big deal though. After all, the blog season is year round, so who really cares about this meaningless entry.