If MLB wants more fans, baseball must shed the ‘boring’ label

It’s time that MLB admit the hard truth: Baseball is boring.

Calm down. I know it’s not actually boring — we die-hard fans wouldn’t love it if it was — but that’s how casual and non-fans often see the sport: a mostly action-less slog that’s not worth their time. And because perception is reality, this is the real issue that must be addressed when pondering ways to attract new fans.

Boring has little to do with pace of play. It’s about what fans are seeing vs. what they want to see. Sports fans in 2017 like a spectacle — and baseball lacks sufficient spectacle. But to shed the boring label, baseball needs to embrace spectacle.
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MLB commissioner Rob Manfred and others think that speeding up intentional walks, or limiting mound visits, or other pace-of-play tweaks will help do away with this boring perception, but it really won’t. Nor will players’ association head Tony Clark’s assertion that MLB can keep people interested by educating them more about the nuances of the game. All of these miss the point.
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Romo — who should be out to prove something — is that guy. He would give Houston arguably the third-best quarterback in the AFC behind New England’s Tom Brady and Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger, unless you want to make a convincing argument for Kansas City’s Alex Smith or Oakland’s Derek Carr. Those two quarterbacks are in the same division, however.