Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Newsletter Excerpt, August 3, 2022 -- "Deadline Day"

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"MLB has expanded the playoff field three times in 29 years to provide its television partners with the product they value most. Forget all the stated reasons about competition -- expanding the playoffs is about TV money, full stop. This last expansion, which now allows 40% of the league into the postseason, has stretched the definition of 'midseason contender' to a point that confuses the teams themselves."