Sunday, July 1, 2007
Uber-Agent Scott Boras has sent a proposal to Commissioner Bud Selig to lengthen the World Series from 7 games to 9. This has not been done since 1905, with a couple exceptions in the 1920's. His thinking is that it would create a marketing boom for baseball. His ideas include having the two extra games at a neutral ballpark with advance bidding to generate excitement among other ballclubs and making the night before the first game highly ceremonial by announcing and awarding all the big titles, i.e. Hall of Fame voting, MVP, Cy Young, Rookies of the Year and Managers of the Year. I agree with the ceremonial aspects of his suggestions but television ratings have always been dependent on who's playing and it's hard to imagine there are more than a few markets that would support an extra two games.