Yeah, I said it.
Baseball is played in North America, East Asia and in Latin America. I don't think anyone cares that it isn't played in Europe or Africa. Deal with it.
And as far as soccer being the pinacle of 'global sport', funny that it lies somewhere between irrelevant and non-existant in the 3rd most populous country on Earth. Again, deal with it.
Kote's argument is that baseball barely exists outside of the a few places. Simply not true as much has he our you would like to believe it. On the other, soccer is ubiquitous around the world--yeah, except for the places where it isn't. So the arugment is that's why one is an olympic sport and one isn't. To that I say, show me the legions of Handball followers on any continent outside of Europe.
And if you think I'm arguing for baseball in the olympics than you've missed the plot. MLB would never implement an olympic hiatus at the peak of its season, nor should it. And that was the problem when baseball was an olympic sport.
I'm across the thread, outside of the US and Canada, Cuba, a couple of other Islands in the Caribbean, Japan and South Korea, Baseball is a non event.
Two wrongs don't make a right as far as handball is concerned.
Soccer is a shit sport, it's well and truly 4th in my country because it is shit, if I want to watch tall skinny blokes run around with a ball, I'll watch basketball, at least there is a bit going on in that game. The play in football is frustratingly pedestrian, the contact is laughable, the diving is pathetic and the only way to watch it is in a 30 second highlights package as far as I am concerned, but Europe, Africa, South America and Asia love it and it is the biggest sport in the world, bigger than almost everything else put together, the World Cup is like 288 super bowls put together on ratings alone, World Cup Soccer is bigger than the Olympics it's that big. Baseball doesn't even register in comparison.
I think the rules for Olympic baseball was that you had to be an amateur, so the MLB stopping mid season would be a non issue.
dont take my word though.
We had MBL pros playing in our team.
And if you're taking wagers, I'm predicting that it will be overtaken by lacrosse as America's 5th sport sometime in the next 30-50 years.
As far as comparing the World Cup (again, another non-event, here) to the Super Bowl, isn't the World Cup a month long tournament between dozens of national soccer teams? The Super Bowl is one game on one night between two teams from two American cities. We call that apples and oranges where I come from. And again, if you're taking wagers, I bet we'll see the day in my lifetime when the weekend of the Super Bowl is made officially a three-day weekend in the States. As far as baseball, it isn't even the first sport in the United States.