By Stephen Thomas (@15Stephen15)
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I’m Stephen Thomas with Here’s The Thing.
So we’re approaching another potential work stoppage in Major League baseball. As someone old enough to remember the last one from 1994 (yet not old enough to remember Paul Revere’s Wild Ride, despite what my teenage daughter thinks), I can say to the owners without hesitation that to have a lockout, even a short one that doesn’t delay Spring Training, would be an incredibly bad idea.
See, Here’s The Thing; Hey baseball: you’ve grown fan interest and bridged the generation gap in the past few years, don’t screw it up. Even the much-maligned Millennials have been drawn into baseball, most recently by an utterly electrifying postseason, and have apparently cast aside their need for every sporting event to have constant noise and more unending action than a Kardashian bedroom. Now for a moment, let’s forget the fact that the last stoppage ALSO happened when Cleveland had a team capable of ending their World Series drought (Thanks, God!). After ’94, it took years for the fan base to return, and it’s debatable whether or not the “Steroid Era” was permitted to happen on the sly in order to regain that fan interest. through Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa and guys like Brady Anderson hitting home runs halfway to Singapore. (Shut up, Rafael Palmeiro, I don’t want to hear it) In 2016, the world of entertainment is so vastly different, with so many more options not only available but readily available at the touch of an app, Major League Baseball might never recover from another lockout or strike. Americans have become cynical enough already, and Major League Baseball – The American Pastime – showing yet another disconnect between the haves and the have nots could be the death knell for the sport. I know people have always said that, and I’m usually the first to poopoo it (mostly because I like saying “poopoo” in public) but the world is different now, and the growth and availability of other sports from around the globe, gives this time a different feel.
Look, I’ve always been a baseball guy so I’m biased, but it seems to me a no brainer. Do you want a slightly smaller piece of a giant cash pie, or no pie at all? Major League Baseball: Your Move.