Baseball and the Olympics

Lords of the Rings....Listen Up!

7/31/12 in MLB   |   This_is_Rick   |   265 respect

Most people would find it difficult and impossibly hard to believe that Bud, the beer-drinking baseball fan, has a major commonality with Scooter Dutchworth the Third, a Chablis-sipping Polo player from the Ivy Leagues. Well, they do.
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Both are flipping through the 19 channels of Olympic coverage, currently, saddened by the fact their favorite sports are not represented in the Summer Games. Polo was the first Olympic sport to get the international axe way back in 1936, followed in 2005 when the nerd island that is the Olympic Committee extinguished the flames of both, baseball and softball. The unpopular idea was upheld in 2006, with a reach into the 2016 games.

And, what a shame it is. The reasoning, outright hypocritical. 
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The " Dream Team" debate for the U.S.A Mens Basketball Team supremacy is always the hottest news as the games grow closer. Since 2004, there is a windy whisper blowing through the head-bands of the select NBA elite saying, "Don't piss off Wheaties and go Allen Iverson on us!" " You must win."  Usually, they do. By a large margin. While the NBA and the basketball game has grown an international face, it is still young, inexperienced and not true competition-worthy. Simply put - Team U.S.A can play one-footed, with their shorts on their head and, barring amazement from Spain or Argentina completely, it's gold and a cereal box for the American boys. 

So, what does this have to do with baseball? Everything.

The main bramble of burped-up slogans and rhetoric for the banning of baseball was that it did not have an international voice, and the game needs to "clean" itself before consideration of re-entry. Basically, the MLB and Union would have to go Deutschey and accept the freaky-deaky drug regulations floating from nerd Island. This would include the ever-pleasant 5 a.m. "pee call" while you are still in your yellow-duck jammies, and not a trickle in sight. 

No, thank you. That testing doesn't work, regardless. How many Olympic Athletes have tested positive in the past two weeks? A bunch. Yesterday, it took me five minutes to realize I wasn't watching Arena Football, and that I had stumbled onto woman's power-lifting. Touchdown! 

The hypocrisy from the Olympic Committee is as sad as it is crazy and nutty. Koo-Koo! If there ever was an international game on the rise, baseball has taken that medal and held it, strongly. Besides the WBC, the current MLB starting line-up reads like an international facebook, complete with tweets in various languages. 

Que?

What the game needs is to lose the amateur slogan, like basketball did back-in-the-day. What a "Dream Team" that could be. And, it wouldn't be just for the ole U.S of A. It would be the baseball elite representing their country, battling on the Worlds Stage. There has to be a fan-base for that sort of contest, not to mention that the playing-field would be more exciting to watch. Let's face it, there are a lot more countries that could represent a stronger competitive edge in the baseball realm, as opposed to basketball. My kid could beet the Angola basketball team, and I don't have any children.

So, why is this baseball "Dream Team" idea being covered in the sand like your Uncle at Myrtle Beach. For the same reason and basis most Olympic ideas are made. Money-Money........Money!
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The Olympics are, and forever will be the biggest nude poster at the celibacy parade. Cash is king and the Olympic Committee like crownings. While the games preach and highlight amateur athletics at its' best, clean and cozy. The networks, lead by NBC, are pocketing serious dinero -and some American money, too - and that as they say, is that. It is a billion dollar operation and a billion dollar return, with tape-delays and inserted interviews, mixed with the glitz and glitter that would make even Spielberg do back-flips. 

This is why softball and baseball were voted off.

There has to be a wide-variety of fans, really means, "we need to be able to take the games and re-air it on Prime-time, with huge ratings." Think I'm lying? They did it once already, this year, when they held the Phelps/Lochte swimmmy-meet off of live-television, then replayed it during the night-time hours. That's when the real advertising cheese is made.
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Sadly, these rats don't believe, truly, that a 9-inning baseball game would attract the same kind of H'orderves. Money spent needs to be money earned. And, funny enough, that's understandable. It doesn't make it right but, at least the honesty would be put forth - like the Olympic Committee holds its' standards of excellence, too.

Be honest, gang. Don't say silly lies, like in the past, and hide behind steroids and fan-based whatever'ness. Just like the testing they perform, it is time for the Olympic Committee to drop its' pants to the heels, lift up their shirts to the chin, and show all that cash they have strapped to the chosen sports, and un-rightfully so.

Put that on your stand...with a fist.

This_is_Rick 
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8/12/12   |   ML31   |   3656 respect

This_is_Rick wrote:
Great points guys. The realization of the MLB in-season is very true. But, to say television has nothing to do with it is incorrect. Billions are paid to show the games by the major networks and the re- playing of certain events has EVERYTHING to do with ad-money and viewership. The games are not streaming on NBC, that's the BBC. As for the NBA, I agree, but we are not talking about replacing Team USA with the D-league. Just like the Jr. Olympics, baseball organizations strectch below the MLB level. Kill this and kill that is true, in college...not the Olympics. Prop 9 is not in the IOC vernacular.

Yes, NBC does pay big bucks and therefore they will present the games however they wish.  It is also true that the IOC determines what sports are included.  The world's TV broadcasters have zero say in that.  None. 

8/12/12   |   This_is_Rick   |   265 respect

ML31 wrote:
American television has VERY little to say about what sports are included in the Olympic program.  And that's being generous.  The program is determined 100% by the IOC themselves.  The real reason baseball was cut from the games has nothing to do with the ratings NBC feels they could get in prime time.  Baseball would never be in prime time any more than basketball will be.   No.  The real reason is the IOC felt slighted by Major League Baseball because MLB would not allow their players to leave their club teams to play for their national teams while their season is being played.  Nor were they willing to shut down their league for 2 + weeks to allow their players to play.  So, the IOC retaliated by simply eliminating the sport.  The only reason softball was included was so as not to appear sexist.  Kill a male sport, gotta kill a female sport.  If the NBA somehow refused to allow their players to participate basketball would go just as fast.  The IOC thinks they should be the world's sporting priority.  They are full of themselves and since they own the only ball they are going home and allowing no one else to play.  In the meantime, there is the WBC where the kids can play and those at the IOC aren't invited.

Great points guys. The realization of the MLB in-season is very true. But, to say television has nothing to do with it is incorrect. Billions are paid to show the games by the major networks and the re- playing of certain events has EVERYTHING to do with ad-money and viewership. The games are not streaming on NBC, that's the BBC. As for the NBA, I agree, but we are not talking about replacing Team USA with the D-league. Just like the Jr. Olympics, baseball organizations strectch below the MLB level. Kill this and kill that is true, in college...not the Olympics. Prop 9 is not in the IOC vernacular.

8/8/12   |   beerstudk   |   1538 respect

ML31 wrote:
American television has VERY little to say about what sports are included in the Olympic program.  And that's being generous.  The program is determined 100% by the IOC themselves.  The real reason baseball was cut from the games has nothing to do with the ratings NBC feels they could get in prime time.  Baseball would never be in prime time any more than basketball will be.   No.  The real reason is the IOC felt slighted by Major League Baseball because MLB would not allow their players to leave their club teams to play for their national teams while their season is being played.  Nor were they willing to shut down their league for 2 + weeks to allow their players to play.  So, the IOC retaliated by simply eliminating the sport.  The only reason softball was included was so as not to appear sexist.  Kill a male sport, gotta kill a female sport.  If the NBA somehow refused to allow their players to participate basketball would go just as fast.  The IOC thinks they should be the world's sporting priority.  They are full of themselves and since they own the only ball they are going home and allowing no one else to play.  In the meantime, there is the WBC where the kids can play and those at the IOC aren't invited.

Ya, what he said....  MLB owners wont' let their guys go and play baseball in the middle of the season, even for the 'ol U-S-of-A.

And Softball was dropped (in part) because of US dominance, they only lost something like 4 games and NONE of them in the medal rounds.

7/31/12   |   ML31   |   3656 respect

American television has VERY little to say about what sports are included in the Olympic program.  And that's being generous.  The program is determined 100% by the IOC themselves.  The real reason baseball was cut from the games has nothing to do with the ratings NBC feels they could get in prime time.  Baseball would never be in prime time any more than basketball will be.   No.  The real reason is the IOC felt slighted by Major League Baseball because MLB would not allow their players to leave their club teams to play for their national teams while their season is being played.  Nor were they willing to shut down their league for 2 + weeks to allow their players to play.  So, the IOC retaliated by simply eliminating the sport.  The only reason softball was included was so as not to appear sexist.  Kill a male sport, gotta kill a female sport.  If the NBA somehow refused to allow their players to participate basketball would go just as fast.  The IOC thinks they should be the world's sporting priority.  They are full of themselves and since they own the only ball they are going home and allowing no one else to play.  In the meantime, there is the WBC where the kids can play and those at the IOC aren't invited.