In the world of sports, where a game is about as close to the heart as baseball can get, there’s a very real fear that baseball will soon be overtaken by basketball and become the new global super-game.
And as a fan, you’re already paying attention.
The World Series will once again be a huge event, but it’s not going to be the game of the century, or even the best-in-sports.
In fact, it’s going to suck.
For starters, the game is not going anywhere.
It’s going away, at least for the foreseeable future.
We are living through a generational shift in sports.
It’s going from the Olympics and the World Cup to the NBA Finals, the NBA All-Star Game, the World Baseball Classic, the College World Series, and more.
What used to be called the NBA is now the World Golf Championship, the PGA Tour, and the Ryder Cup.
This is not a trend that will stop.
As a result, the sport will soon have no chance to continue its dominance.
But as it’s currently constructed, the sports world will always be a business, and it’s no longer possible to say that baseball is a business.
There are a few exceptions to this rule, but they’re few and far between.
You may be thinking: “Well, it was a business in the ’60s, right?”
If you’re looking for a reminder of that, look no further than the rise of the NBA, the rise and fall of baseball, and even the rise, fall, and resurgence of football.
When the NBA took off, it wasn’t because it was an incredible brand.
Not even close.
Instead, the league was the culmination of a merger between the league’s major networks, the National Basketball Association, and CBS.
CBS, as you may recall, owned the NBA and CBS, which was owned by NBCUniversal, owned CBS Sports.
So while the NBA was a huge brand in the 1950s and 1960s, its appeal was primarily based on the network it shared an arena with: NBC.
That’s because, for a while, the networks were all owned by the same company.
NBCUniversal was, in fact, NBC.
In other words, the two networks shared the same building, which meant that when the NBA started airing, NBC was already the number one cable network in the country.
Because of that dominance, the teams were always at the forefront of the league and had the biggest name stars.
Then, in the 1970s, NBC began to grow in size and reach.
Since the 1970 and ’80s, the number of people watching the NBA grew by 25 percent.
By the end of the 1980s, more people were watching the league on TV than ever before.
According to Forbes, the average salary for a basketball player in the NBA in the late 1980s was around $1.3 million.
(This number does not include players with endorsements, or players who play in other leagues.)
By 2001, the team that had the most players on the court was the Philadelphia 76ers, who averaged roughly 2.7 million fans per game.
Meanwhile, the Houston Rockets were in the midst of an epic run that ended in a heartbreaking loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Even though the 76ers had an all-time record of winning the NBA title, the 76er’s success did not translate to the success of the Rockets.
Now, the Spurs, who played in the same city, had the second-most fans behind the 76s, and they also were in an era of extreme popularity, with more than 30 million fans watching them play every game in a single year.
At the time, the media was largely focused on the game, and with a brand like the NBA that’s been synonymous with success for nearly a century, the fact that a team was losing was not a shock.
Fans had to be sold.
“In the early 1980s and early ’90s, you had all of the other networks trying to get the attention of the people,” says Bob Lanier, who is the vice president of marketing for the National Hockey League’s Philadelphia Flyers.
I’m not talking about the other teams.
Lanier is referring to the other sports networks, such as ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, and ESPN.
They all wanted to be in the business of bringing people to the games, so they were all in on the league.
ESPN, in particular, had an aggressive marketing strategy.
Every day, for the next several years, they would release a 30-second video, and people would come to a game and they would be shown a video that was just about every time they saw a game, from the opening whistle to the last faceoff. From