Did MLB make a mistake with the IOC?
The dropping of baseball from the Olympics has damaged the development of baseball around the world since the Olympic committees of many major countries like China are not financially supporting baseball any longer (could imagine the MLB TV ratings in China 10 years from now in case baseball was a very popular sport there?). However, it seems that baseball was dropped from the Olympics mainly because MLB clubs would not allow its top players to take part of the games.
Do you think MLB made a mistake by not fully committing to send its top players to the Olympics?
- ?Lv 71 decade agoFavorite Answer
Don't blame MLB. Here's the reason:
"At the IOC meeting in July 7, 2005, baseball and softball were voted out of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, England, becoming the first sport voted out of the Olympics since polo was eliminated from the 1936 Olympics. The event was last played in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing with South Korea taking the gold. The elimination will excise 16 teams and more than 300 athletes from the 2012 Olympics. The two slots left available by the IOC's elimination were subsequently filled by golf and rugby sevens. This decision was reaffirmed on February 9, 2006."
It had nothing to do with our "commitment". Since baseball took place in the Summer Olympics, is it your thinking that MLB should send players, and just forget about the pennant races?
- He Hate MeLv 61 decade ago
Gotta agree with Bob who is going to let their players go to the Olympics during a pennet race?While they are shelling out millions of dollars to these players!