In for a penny, in for a pound

When it comes to expanded playoffs, I think I need to come up with a catchy expression and call it “Blutarsky’s Rule”.  In the meantime, here’s one of the more naked statements about expansion you’ll ever read:

“I think the more teams you have in it, the month of September will obviously be more meaningful,” said Toronto Blue Jays president Paul Beeston, Selig’s onetime No. 2. “The minuses — two of them obviously are the integrity of the schedule and the history of the game, where you know the best teams always moved forward. But we really crossed that bridge, didn’t we, when we went from two teams to four teams, and then four teams to eight teams? So that bridge has been crossed. I’ve changed. I could add more teams.”

They’ll try to tell you it’s for the fans“It’s all about postseason baseball. That’s what fans like,” Arizona Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers said. – but we all know whom it’s really meant to benefit.

… While Selig hasn’t ruled out proposing the change for 2011, nearly all baseball officials say the extra round of playoffs would likely start in 2012. If Selig decides to go ahead, owners would have to endorse the plan, baseball’s television partners would have to receive it positively and the players’ association would have to agree. Union head Michael Weiner says players are open to the idea.

If the fans say yes, but “baseball’s television partners” say otherwise, anybody think expansion is a go?

Putting it in a NSFW way…


Filed under BCS/Playoffs, It's Just Bidness

5 responses to “In for a penny, in for a pound

  1. TennesseeDawg

    Maybe we should let let every team in the playoffs, end the regular season and give everyone a trophy for participation to help their self esteem.


  2. The Realist

    Of course the players are up for it. The more players in the postseason, the more postseason paychecks they’ll be cashing. What is up for debate is whether the TV people really want more not-necessarily-the-best teams in the playoffs considering how poorly the World Series rated just last month.


  3. Again, you can’t make a direct comparison because of the two sports.

    Baseball’s regular season is already absolute garbage. 162 is way too damn many games. Even Bud Selig has said he wishes he could reduce the length of the season.

    The only way baseball can try to salvage itself is to grow the postseason in such a way that its almost like their postseason is their real season.

    Its sad, but that’s what happens when you play 162 regular season games and a GREAT team loses 40% of the time.


    • The only point I’m making – for seemingly the 14000th time – is that playoffs always expand, as long as there’s somebody out there willing to pay for the privilege. Pick whatever sport you want; it’s still the same story.