50 years ago people thought the future was about flying cars, but really its been breakthroughs like the internet...
So my question is this: is the way to speed up the game really expanding the strike zone? or is it something radically different?
Consider that golf is one of the slowest sports in the world, but its fan base has grown dramatically. Some might say it's because of Tiger, and this may be true, but I think there is another reason: When we watch golf on TV, we see a shot ever 10 seconds, its non-stop action. This is because we dont watch just one player, we watch a whole tournament.
Don't get me wrong, I love watching the Braves, and I love the suspense time between every play. I'm a bit of a traditionalist in this way. For me, I just wish the Braves were on TV more in florida; but for fans that want more action, might baseball follow a similar path as golf?
Suggestions after the jump...
Imagine a broadcast of the national league east, where it is constantly moving from game to game showing the action as it comes. Or a broadcast of the NL, the AL, or even baseball as a whole. Or maybe late in the season when 2 teams are fighting for a wildcard there could be a combined broadcast. It might even be fun if there was a braves minor league broadcast...I don't want to get bogged down on specifics. MLB network already does something a little like this with their live lookins, but its not really there. It hasn't developed into its own thing. Think about how interesting the commentary could be if the network did the NL east one day and the NL west another, or something of the sort. Right now, a lot of fans just watch their team, and are disinterested in watching another 2 teams play that they don't care about. If they feel like they are watching a division though, it gets more interesting.
The point is, baseball can speed up for the viewer with out compromising the pace of the players through a revolution in broadcasting.