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Is it time to shorten The Baseball and Football Season?

Discussion in 'Sports Programming and Events' started by Msguy, Oct 28, 2008.

  1. Fontano

    Fontano Godfather

    Feb 7, 2008
    Baseball -
    A few things could be done, Herd's recomendation for more double headers is a good one. But I would say play two a month. There should be no 4-day, 4 game series. The should also have days in the month, that the NL plays and no AL. And a day when the AL plays and the NL doesn't.

    This woudl give at least 1 day a month, to make up games so the crazy situations of playoff games, make up games that impact playoffs, doesn't occur again.

    A trimming it by a month would also be a good thing, the Late October games in a LOT of cities in the league are a crap shot for weather.

    - Football
    Definently don't shorten the season. 16 games is a solid number of games, and I would even like to see at least 2 more so you get some more NFC vs AFC games. Drop at least 2 of the pre-season games. Then start the pre-season in July.

    Regular season should start the last week of August. The Super Bowl the first week of February is a side effect of the weekend layouts and the off-week between the last playoff and the game. Not a big deal to me if it goes into February.

    Football, I wouldn't even mind if they add an extra 4 games.
    There is plenty of TV time to cover all the sports... :)
  2. jdh8668

    jdh8668 Legend

    Nov 7, 2007
    Here's a novel idea for baseball.....how about playing games that don't start until after everyone has gone to bed. MLB has done everything they can to turn off the average baseball fan with late starts. Their huge contracts with TBS & Fox (in order to pay so-so players millions) have ruined the viewing for the average fan who has to be at work early the next morning, and kids who have school the next day. Baseball playoff games being played after midnight, World Series games finishing after 1 am. What the Ty Cobb are they thinking? This is by far the greediest sport on the planet! They deserve this year's low ratings!
  3. David MacLeod

    David MacLeod New Member

    Jan 29, 2008
    shorten them all. missed most of last years shows due to strike and now have to wait for them due to sports.
    10 games for every sport.
    bet that gets a rise...
  4. kandor

    kandor AllStar

    Dec 29, 2007
    Corpus Christi
    Shorten baseball by a month, make football last till May and eliminate basketball completely.

  5. Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

    Jun 18, 2006
    Moved to the sports forum.
  6. ARKDTVfan

    ARKDTVfan Icon

    May 19, 2003
    if you mean getting rid of the NBA I'm all for it
  7. Kavh

    Kavh Mentor

    Feb 14, 2008
    A week could easily be cut off of the baseball playoffs by not having all the travel and off days. All season long teams usually play six or seven games a week. The championship should be determined the same way. Suddenly in the post season you only need three starters instead of five.

    Football is fine. The one thing that I would do different in the scheduling is to break it down that the bye week is split up over 2 weeks. The last two weeks that baseball season is played. I know that the NFL could care less about baseball but it sure would be much more fair for teams to have bye weeks at the same time of the season. We still would get to watch plenty of games those two Sundays.

    EXTACAMO Godfather

    Apr 6, 2007
    Blame it on the expansion of the playoffs with wild card games. :mad:
  9. bonscott87

    bonscott87 Cutting Edge: ECHELON '07

    Jan 21, 2003
    NFL - No need to shorten although I think starting a week or so earlier would be good. Although it's tough to play a full regular season game in 110 heat in Arizona or Dallas. :)

    Baseball - For pete's sake they need to shorten. What is it now, 160+ games? They start end of March and games get stopped because of snow and now they practically play the World Series in November. So much for the "boys of October". They need to trim 3 weeks out of the schedule.

    NHL and NBA also are long but probably fine. NHL goes October to June, NBA from November thru July. NHL should start a month earlier so they wrap up in May before it gets really hot. NBA is probably fine.
  10. donkeylips

    donkeylips Legend

    Jul 16, 2008
    I would never want to see the baseball season shortened. But I would like to see the World Series played at a neutral warm weather/domed venue.
  11. dhhaines

    dhhaines Hall Of Fame

    Nov 18, 2005
    Sure you could shorten the NFL season. How about they play 2 times per week?
    It already starts too early. All the other sports can play more than once a week, why can't football?

    Baseball needs to cut out the interleague nonsense and play less games.
  12. phatmatt1215

    phatmatt1215 Icon

    Nov 4, 2007
    Double the baseball season

    Cut the football season in half

    Eliminate hockey and arena football completely.

  13. dhhaines

    dhhaines Hall Of Fame

    Nov 18, 2005
    I agree with you on the late games .. but until all the sports stop being run by TV networks, this won't happen.

    If the Phillies weren't in the WS I wouldn't be watching and I'm a huge baseball fan.


    Dec 11, 2006
    Long Island, NY
  15. hdtvfan0001

    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2004
    Yes, Yes....a thousand time Yes.

    End this futility (in baseball) now! :eek2:
  16. jerry downing

    jerry downing Godfather

    Mar 7, 2004
    Baseball games are too long because of all the TV advertising between innings. That will never go away for the same reason that the season never will be shortened. GREED. If I had my way, football would be played year round.
  17. Ken S

    Ken S RIP

    Feb 12, 2007

    Now? They've been playing a 162-game season for about 50 years.

    Personally, they could cancel the NFL altogether...keep the stadiums open and just charge people to get in, drink and bet...most of the NFL fans wouldn't notice.
  18. Davenlr

    Davenlr Geek til I die

    Sep 16, 2006
    Baseball is OK... Playoffs and WS should be played at a Neutral warm venue...But there is nothing like winning that last game at home.

    Football is to short and to expensive to watch.

    I wish they had a guide filter for basketball so I wouldn't even see that junk cluttering up my guide.
  19. dddeeds

    dddeeds Cool Member

    Sep 16, 2007

    How about speed baseball. Eliminate all the goofy warm up junk and inning switches timeouts, cut out stepping out of the batters box to readjust your crotch after each pitch, etc. and PlayBall! If your sport requires a stretch break for the spectators when it's approx. 2/3rds the way through "regulation" something needs sped up during the game let alone the season!
  20. dhhaines

    dhhaines Hall Of Fame

    Nov 18, 2005
    :biggthump !rolling !rolling

    I think you may be onto something there !

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