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March 23, 2014

Could the NCAA Tournament work for other sports?

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McALESTER —

Let’s be honest: no one cares about the World Baseball Classic. No one even cares about Olympic baseball, which is why the International Olympic Committee dropped it after the 2008 Summer Games and won’t bring it back until at least 2024.

The World Baseball Classic is just a cash-grab by commissioner Bud Selig in a month that most baseball fans couldn’t care less about. And if Selig is just after the fans’ money, why not make it fun and turn a portion of Spring Training into a five-game tournament, complete with a clever name and bracket challenges hosted by ESPN and Yahoo! Sports?

This strategy has made the NCAA Tournament the most profitable postseason in the county. There’s no reason it couldn’t work for other leagues as well.

Contact Matt Goisman at mgoisman@mcalesternews.com.

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