Athletics

Athletics

Whoo boy ... OK, here we go.

In what would be adding to an already interesting and headline-filled offseason for Major League Baseball, the league might be looking to make more changes in the near future. This time, to the postseason.

The New York Post's Joel Sherman reported an expansion could see an increase from five to seven playoff teams per league beginning in 2022. 

If this were to come to fruition, the team with the best record in each league would then get a bye to avoid the wild-card round and go straight to the division series. 

The wild-card round would get a facelift as well with a best-of-three series. This is great news for the A's who historically struggle with the one-and-done scenario that haunts them year after year. 

Here's another interesting addition that appears to add an entertainment factor to it all: The division winner with the second-best record in either the AL or NL would get the first pick of its opponent from the three wild-card teams. The other division winner would pick, which would leave the last two wild cards to play one another.

This pick 'em show would be televised on the Sunday night the regular season ends which, as Sherman describes, is a way to bring in possible TV partnerships.

Naturally, money is going to be one of the factors here.

If you work in sports television, which perhaps you do, or perhaps you don't, the playoffs in any sporting event turn into a huge opportunity for sponsorships. Take a look at any backstop of a World Series, or listen to any commentator add a note prior to the game -- it's sponsored. 

 

This is beneficial beyond just the games, however. Each segment from batting practice during the Fall Classic or to games leading up to the World Series could add to the hype and lead to more monetary value to that piece of content. 

Sherman raises a great point saying the potential for more teams making the playoffs could actually fill seats with teams vying for October baseball.

For the A's, the AL Wild-Card game last season broke an attendance record in a stadium that once had third baseman Matt Chapman asking for more fans to come out and watch them play. And yes, the fans are coming out more as attendance has gone up slightly at the Coliseum in recent years.

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But the boost could help across the entire league.

Still, there are more pressing issues the league needs to address. Minor league salaries, or lack thereof, should be first on the MLB's list.