a reply to: Bluntone22
I'm a bit of a rarity, a non-American who likes American sports - well, most of them. I really don't like Basketball, it bores the tits off me.
I freely admit I don't understand a lot of the intricacies and more complicated tactics but I still enjoy watching both American Football - a misnomer
if ever there was one - and Baseball.
I'm a big sport fan in general and one of my favourite sports is cricket.
I can watch every ball bowled in all five days of any Test match, between any sides not just England.
But I know I am very much in the minority and cricket has suffered in the past with a downturn in interest and support.
A shortened one day version was introduced with the first One Day International, ODI, taking place between Australia and England in 1971.
One day cricket has developed over the years with coloured balls and uniforms being introduced and day / night matches becoming increasingly
Despite the relative success of the shortened form of the game Cricket still struggled financially in an ever increasingly competitive market and
fewer and fewer people were getting involved at grass root levels.
And so T20 cricket was introduced.
An even shorter form of the game, with fewer restrictions which in turn generated greater inventiveness and innovation.
The game was presented and marketed in a completely different, dare I say it more modern, manner and it appealed to the public and sponsors.
It has attracted a whole new generation of players and supporters who are starting to take more of an interest in the older, more traditional formats
of the game.
Some of the innovations from T20 have crept into the other formats too making them more attractive to supporters etc.
The whole game has been revitalised.
Now to my point; Do you think that perhaps a similar approach could be applied to baseball?