Re: In Defense of the WBC
Originally Posted by Yachtzee
I don't see MLB expansion extending beyond North America. What I see as more likely is the merger of foreign leagues into a super league competing with MLB. Besides the logistical problems with time zones and travel, I think a big problem with expansion overseas is MLB's restrictive ownership rules. For example, Japan has the Nippon Ham Fighters, owned by a food processing company. Could you ever imagine MLB approving Hormel buying the Twins and calling them the Hormel Spam Twins? I don't think so. Asia, which has it's own baseball history, is better off trying to create a major league through merger and expansion of existing leagues rather than having MLB-style baseball fettered by the prejudices of American traditionalists. It's not too hard to imagine if they got rid of roster restrictions on foreign-born players.
I could see that. I could also see a model of "super leagues" filled with national teams in Soccer and Basketball (and Baseball eventually too) where the top players play for their national team predominantly and instead of occassional qualifiers and friendly's against other nations, the national squads play in a league of sorts with various qualifications to the World Championship tournaments.
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