It’s about the uniformsMartin Fennelly, columnist @mjfennelly: The short answer is: None. They’re All-Star Games. For the most part, there’s not a reasonable facsimile in the bunch. They should just have the guys show up, make a few hospital visits, feed them, hand them their Bulova watches and send them on their way before anyone gets hurt. No one plays defense in the NFL, NBA and NHL All-Star games, anyway. But if I had to choose one, it would be baseball, because your team wears its uniforms to the game. You can relate better, at least until they leave in free agency.Looks like I’m a suckerJohn Romano, columnist @romano_tbtimes: Well, I guess I would have to say the MLB game since I actually did pay to see it in Miami a couple of years ago. It was an absurd amount of money between the game and the home run derby the day before, but my son had a blast. If you look at it through the eyes of a 10- or 12- or 14-year-old, all of the games have a place in the … [Read more...] about Which of the league’s all-star games would you pay your money to attend: MLB, NFL, NHL or NBA?
Christine Brennan USA TODAY Published 9:53 PM EDT Oct 10, 2018 For many months now, we’ve been talking about the NFL as a sport in trouble: falling TV ratings, polarizing protests, Donald Trump’s nasty political diatribes, the terrible effects of concussions — in other words, nothing but controversy. It turns out we’ve been focusing on the wrong sport. The NFL certainly has its issues, but Major League Baseball is the one that’s truly suffering. Attendance is dropping, TV ratings are adequate but nowhere near the NFL’s, the games are too long and extend too late into the evening and kids aren’t growing up to be baseball fans as they were a generation or two ago. There’s no better example of baseball’s problems than what happened Monday night. Going head to head with a midseason NFL game, MLB gave it its best shot: Game 3 of the series to end all series, the Boston Red Sox-New York Yankees American League Division Series … [Read more...] about Baseball: Ratings, attendance, length of games spell trouble for MLB
NFL Power Poll Alabama junior cornerback Trevon Diggs, shown here breaking up a pass at Ole Miss on Sept. 15, is going to be out indefinitely after breaking his foot in Saturday's win at Arkansas. Alabama junior cornerback Trevon Diggs, shown here breaking... Photo by Kent Gidley Statements Alabama could score 30 on the Buffalo Bills. Overstatement. But we think the results of the Tide vs. the worst NFL team will start to get some discussion. But think of it this way: The Falcons are right there among the worst teams in the league and may have one of the worst defenses we've watched in a long, Long, LONG time. Do you not think that Matt Ryan and that bunch would not score on almost every possession against the Tide? Of course they would. Still, the Tide might get four-plus TDs against the injury-riddled Falcons defense. The Alabama-Missouri over/under will be in the 70s. Statement. It currently is at 74 with Alabama minus-28.5. That line stinks friends, and we truly believe … [Read more...] about 5-at-10: NFL power poll, College football statements like bet on Georgia NOW, Braves look forward, Rushmore of QBs
IN AMERICA the rules of the National Football League (NFL), the National Basketball Association (NBA), the National Hockey League (NHL) and Major League Baseball (MLB) all allow players to be traded without their consent to organisations on the other side of the country. At their new club they will usually retain the terms and length of their original deal. But of the four leagues, it is the NFL that gives players the least power and security over their contracts. Why? Unlike those of the NBA, NHL and MLB, the vast majority of the NFL’s player contracts are not actually “guaranteed”. They confirm neither the identity of a player’s employer nor his money. The contract’s headline value is heavily dependent on the player’s fulfilling the terms of clauses relating to performance, or on the organisation deciding they want to keep him. NFL stars can be released from their contracts if they are injured or performing poorly, and their employers do not have … [Read more...] about How NFL contracts give players so little power
Major League Baseball does not have a problem with the structure of its playoffs, but it does have a problem with the structure of the Wild Card Game. The single “win or go home” format of the Wild Card Game goes against everything that the series-based season and playoffs stand for. In one of my first Daily Trojan columns I voiced why MLB has the unique ability to determine which 10 clubs should be playing in the postseason. There is no other professional sport that is able to do that: The NFL, NHL and NBA seasons are too short to account for slumps, fluke wins and streaks. The beauty of the 162-game baseball season is that it allows for all of the aforementioned circumstances to be naturally corrected. One of the most supported proposals to the to MLB is to eliminate the effect divisions have on determining which team continues onto the postseason. I have yet to understand why this is so supported. Divisions within leagues are a quintessential part of the scheduling of … [Read more...] about Extra Innings: MLB’s Wild Card Game is problematic