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Why is College Baseball Not More Popular?

I know that I am thought of as a master of brilliant re-direction. Like you are probably assuming that I would title a post as a question but, being that I am Charlie Sheen clever, the actual write-up would be an answer to that question instead of me just looking for answers. However in this case I am truly dumbfounded. Doesn't it seem like college baseball should be more popular? Follow me on a comparison journey:

Baseball is a sport that thrives on tradition, statistics, strategy, a relaxed atmosphere, and beautiful weather.

College campuses exude an atmosphere of tradition, achievement, free-time, nostalgia, and beautiful scenery.

Surely we all see the overlap in the college atmosphere and the baseball atmosphere right?

On top of that, one of the main arguments pro sports haters use is that college sports are more pure and the athletes have more desire. Add to that the fact that most hardcore sports fans believe there is no sport more pure than baseball. So college athletics are pure, baseball is pure, but nobody cares about college baseball? I can't understand it.

I should note that it is not like I am some big time college baseball fan that is looking for more supporters. I know nothing about the current season. Nothing. So my own lack of interest is as confusing to me as the lack of interest as a whole.

It just seems like excitement for baseball games should be as ingrained in campus life as hacky, parties, and date rape. (note: all my campus imagery comes from the movie Higher Learning.) I know I personally loved going to afternoon games at Allie P when I was in school, but I often knew little of the affect each game had on standings or anything, I just loved the atmosphere and watching baseball as I would think most college students would. So why aren't we watching or caring?

While I know our traffic is down thanks to all our readers inexplicably abandoning us these past 6 months, I am hoping to get some feedback with some theories as to why college baseball isn't more popular.

For what it's worth (ya.. I could have internet acronymed that), here is my short list of guesses:

  • Metal bats
  • Minor league baseball takes all the best players
  • There has never been a good movie about college baseball
  • Too many white supremacists (again... Higher Learning)
  • Chicken or egg theory... Is it unpopular because it has never been popular?
  • No ice cream in a helmet