Alexander: True, KBO is real, live baseball, but …

The (quarantined) world according to Jim:

• I’ve tried. I really did it.

The Korean baseball organization reached ESPN late Monday night, an apparent miracle cure for a nation desperately hungry for any kind of live sport. I’ve taken less than two turns from the Samsung Lions and NC Dinos, and maybe that’s a big part of the problem there.

Yeah, it’s baseball. Yes, it was live. And yes, you didn’t know what the outcome would be. But are we really driven to care enough about players we’ve never heard of and teams whose background stories we don’t know? (Furthermore, is the mere sight of baseball and the potential for bats enough to quell the annoying artificial audience sound that ESPN has pumped out as a laugh on its Monday night / Tuesday morning broadcast?) …

• I voted no. Game 1 of the 88 World Series, with Vin Scully on the line, was on another channel at the same time. Even if you know the end, it never gets old. …

• The 10-team KBO and the 5-team Chinese Professional Baseball League in Taiwan could be seen as test cases to determine when and whether Major League Baseball can start again. Or maybe not. These are competitions from smaller countries with a much more organized approach to fighting the coronavirus pandemic. Taiwan started its schedule a few weeks ago and could come close to fans on the fringe.

(And, may we add, in those countries there is less resistance to wearing masks and social distance, “freedom” and “freedom” in those cultures that are clearly not incompatible with the health of others.). ..

• Executives on these shores keep a close eye on those leagues. That includes Japan, where the latest reports suggest that Nippon Professional Baseball could start in June without fans in stadiums at the earliest.

Here there are a myriad of possible plans, a myriad of variables, and a nagging fear that any progress we’ve made in controlling the effects of this pandemic is only temporary. We can row for an opening day of July 1 and it would really be a joyous occasion even when playing for empty seats. But it is foolish to take everything now. …

• This space will be the first to admit that it is not a law expert. That said, we can determine that the Hon. R. Gary Klausner, the LA-based district judge who dropped the argument of the US women’s national soccer team last week, is just as flawed or worse when it comes to knowledge of (a) the mechanics of professional football in this country, and (b ) the premise that an entity should not be penalized for success? …

• Klausner’s Advice of 32 pages issued Friday focused on the numbers and ignored the context. Yes, he quoted figures from the 2015 to 2019 cycle where the women’s team made $ 24 million or $ 220,747 per game for 111 international games, while the men made $ 18 million in total, $ 212,639 per game, for 87 games. Not said: the women’s team has won a World Cup. The men completely missed the tournament and spent the last two years in reconstruction mode. In other words, even if you win, you lose.

• And yes, the women’s team collectively negotiated a salary structure instead of a strict pay-for-play arrangement like the men, something the judge called the women ‘and asked for all the benefits of the MNT CBA (namely higher bonuses)) without any of the drawbacks (for example, no base salary). ” Serious? The men’s players all play in thriving (or at least stable) club competitions. If the USSF hadn’t subsidized the National Women’s Soccer League by paying the salaries of the best players, it probably wouldn’t be there. …

• Maybe the women’s team lawyers should have offered these numbers: The 14 players who actually played in the men’s last meaningful game – a loss in the last World Cup qualifier in 2017 in Trinidad & Tobago – averaged $ 1,975,243 salary of their club teams, according to MLS salary figures and other published reports. The NWSL salaries of the 14 women who saw the field in last July’s World Cup final against the Netherlands were each up to $ 167,500, plus benefits, the CBA said. …

• But there is reason to believe that a settlement is in range between the team and its federation, and that US Soccer – now led by former woman player Cindy Parlow Cone after the clumsy sexist original response to the complaint from the women’s team Carlos Cordeiro has been forced out of the presidency – will at least remove some of the differences and give the women’s team a bigger voice. …

• Suggestion for Time-consuming Quarantine: If you’re a baseball fan, you can do a lot worse than the biographies of major and current leaguers that the Society for American Baseball Research has on its website. Just go to sabr.org and click on the Bioproject link. …

• Why do I get the feeling that the NCAA’s apparent name / image / likeness action, which allegedly would finally allow reasonable compensation for the athletes, is nothing more than the old key? On the organizational side, there has been a move towards fairer compensation for athletes who generate income. But there is still this nagging feeling that the NCAA is less concerned about the athletes than the fear that someone will somehow get a recruiting benefit. …

• Under normal circumstances, Thursday’s reveal of the NFL schedule is not just a national holiday for some, but is followed by a crazy battle for fans to book flights and especially hotel rooms for certain games in certain cities. (Green Bay, I’m looking at you.)

But do you dare under these circumstances? …

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