It’s funny how sports works. A few years ago, everyone was talking about how Major League Baseball was a dying sport. Each and every time a labor agreement expired there was a strike or a lockout, something that disgusted fans and turned them off to the game.
But, if there were every an opportunity to get in on the ground-floor in sports right now, it may be baseball where the most chances will arise.
The reasons are two-fold: For one, the aforementioned labor strife has been set aside for a more warm and fuzzy MLB. Strangely, the sport that has no hard salary cap to speak of has the least chance of a work stoppage next December when the current CBA expires, and it’s the NBA and NFL that are on the edge of a strike or lockout.
The other change could be here as soon as next season, or in 2012. Commissioner Selig has said he wants, and Michael Weiner the head of the MLB Players Association has said the players are receptive to, expanding the playoffs. Talk is of adding two additional Wild Card teams, and possibly expanding the Division Series to a best of 7, as opposed to the current best of 5.
With the additional chances of teams getting into the postseason, there should be increased fan interest, and clubs will see there’s further opportunity to get into the playoffs. All this means good things for those looking to break into the business of baseball.
Think about it: with clubs seeing more opportunity, they will likely increase scouting. Increase the use of sabermetrics. Increase developing talent.
With this just around the corner, your chance is NOW to get educated through SMWW’s online courses, and better yet, attend our Baseball Career Conference in Lake Buena Vista, FL December 5-6th. The conference coincides with the Baseball Winter Meetings where off-season activity is at some of its highest meaning your ability to network is all the greater!
Who’s going to be at the conference? Stan Kasten, the former President of the Washington Nationals who is being talked of as being the next commissioner of the league, Jim Duquette, the former GM of the Baltimore Orioles and NY Mets who is currently with MLB Network Radio on Sirius/XM, Chaim Bloom the Assistant Director of Minor League Operations for the Tampa Bay Rays, and many, many more.
Make sure and come out. You can register here. Remember, opportunity is knocking in baseball. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity!