Friday, July 31, 2009

Baseball and the Long Tail

I used to be a huge fan of MLB and I spent an inordinate amount of time sorting through numbers, reading books on the game and watching live games. In light of the latest revelations about the list of MLB players who tested positive for banned substances in 2003, it makes me wonder if we will see a further collapse in public support for the sport.

Major Leage Baseball cannot compete with all of the other diversions available to consumers - the internet, video games, other professional sports, etc. MLB may be just another victim of the long tail phenomenon that has overtaken all of life. As options for amusement proliferate and the legitimacy of our sports heroes deteriorates, the MLB will become more and more a niche sport.

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