America’s pastime under review

BY BRANDON SHRIDER

Major League Baseball and its owners have unanimously voted to expand the use of replay. With this being a hot topic within the sport of baseball, the story has failed to garner much attention by the prodigious network that is, ESPN.

The slight attention that ESPN chose to bring to the topic was directly followed by a banter-filled mockery of the history of manager arguments. And it’s this notion that has caused baseball to become an afterthought in the discussion of relevant sports in America today.

Instead, ESPN will continually show draft predictions at the bottom of the screen for the NFL draft of which is three months away.

Why is this so?

America has grown to love the game of football much more than that of the alleged long and boring sport of baseball. Instead, the biggest baseball stories in recent memory include the story of Alex Rodriguez and his PED scandal, or the blown call by Jim Joyce, which ultimately stole a perfect game from Armando Galarraga.

The notable stories in baseball have become scandalous and controversial as opposed to inviting and representative of the great sport that was once deemed America’s pastime.

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The Richard A. Maxwell Sport Media Project is a hub for teaching, research, and service related to sport media. The Project benefits students and faculty at Bowling Green State University, and offers outreach and media consulting to area and regional groups that work with student-athletes. Through collaborative efforts of the Sport Management program and the School of Media and Communication, BGSU students have the opportunity to learn such skills as sports writing, reporting, broadcasting, announcing, public relations, media relations, communication management and production. Faculty and other scholars have access to resources about the commercial and sociological aspects of sport.

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