For a long time in Major League Baseball, two teams made the playoffs. And those two teams immediately played in the World Series. For years, this system yielded awful ratings, mainly because television hadn’t been invented yet.
Then of course we expanded to get the NLCS and ALCS and that made things a little better. Still, you could have a great season (San Francisco Giants in 1993) and not make the playoffs. It was kind of stupid.
And we can thank Bud Selig for improving the playoffs and the league as a whole by adding the Wild Card round. Now, if you are losing in your division, you can still make it to the postseason. But, could they expand the playoffs yet again? Seems like they are working on it.
“I would say we’re moving to expanding the playoffs, but there’s a myriad of details to work out,” Selig told the Associated Press. “Ten is a fair number.”
This means that there would be a full Wild Card round, with division winners getting a bye. Selig said that they are still talking about the number of games in the new round and that this whole process is subject to collective bargaining with the players.
“The more we’ve talked about it, I think we’re moving inexorably to that,” he said.
This would help baseball even more. It’s not just that when they added the Wild Card round the first time, that more teams got in. But think of what it does for all the teams competing for those extra spots. More teams are in it now so more people will follow their teams longer into the season, increasing ticket sales and TV ratings. This would be great for revenue.