It’s no secret that Major League Baseball’s popularity and financial success is largely regional. Far from a bad thing, regionality can actually fuel more intense fandom — which is why OZY proposes an overhaul that scraps the American and National Leagues in favor of a four-division alignment. Oh, and boosting the number of teams to 40 to sweeten the pot.
How would it work? Although a 153-game schedule would take some adjustment, condensing the regular season while extending the playoffs would boost both revenue and fan excitement.