I would say the outfield dimensions have to be a factor. In basketball and football, the fields/ courts are all the same dimensions, with no nooks and crannies. In football and basketball, there is no equivalent to the Green Monster or the hill with a flagpole in center field like the Astros have at Minute Maid Park. The home team plays 81 games a season at their home park, while the visiting team may only play there 3 games in an entire season, so they are certainly more accustomed to the park's idiosyncrasies. Even the height of the infield grass can affect the game. Plus, in baseball, they often play an entire road trip without a day off, sometimes 12 games in a row in 4 different cities. That is something that never happens in other sports. In football, they play once a week; in basketball, an average of 3 times per week. The duration of the game can also be a factor; football games are 60 minutes long, basketball games are 48 minutes long, while baseball games last about 3 hours.
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