Baseball is still popular, but is declining in popularity among American youth. Several reasons have been advanced for this.
The NFL and NBA have done a far better job in marketing than MLB. Both leagues have become more popular with youth as a result. Sometimes MLB almost seems to be against fans - as in allowing games to be blacked out in markets hundreds of miles away even when someone buys the "MLB Extra Innings" package. I live 250 miles from the nearest major league city, and five teams' games are blacked out in my market (I dropped the package as a result).
The pace of the game does not entertain audiences raised on action movies and increasingly complex Video Games. Today's youth seem to need constant entertainment, and the leisurely pace of baseball, with no time clock, does not fit the bill.
An abundance of games and other sports on television has diluted the market. Once upon a time, seeing a baseball game on television was a rare treat, with only a Saturday game on TV. Today, most games are televised.
There are a lot of other entertainment options, many of which involve staying at home. Satellite and Cable Television are the main ones.
The cost of going to a game has escalated beyond reason. Parking now costs more than a reserved seat used to cost. To go to a three-game series at Anaheim with my wife last year cost $204, not including concessions. At least at the major league level, baseball is not the affordable entertainment bargain it once was.
Yhere is also the constant labor battles and work stoppages baseball has endured, more than any other sport, making fans jaded about the game. The work stoppage that cancelled most of the season and the playoffs in 1994 did more damage than anyone could ever calculate. One thing it may have done is kill baseball in Montreal. The Expos had probably the best team in baseball that season. Had they won the World Series, the Expos might have renewed fan interest and gotten the new stadium they sorely needed. Now, the Expos are vagabonds without a home, and even their own fans have stopped caring.
Finally, two words: Bud Selig. Perhaps the most short-sighted and worst commissioner baseball has ever had.
Well it depends. Softball is more popular with girls, but baseball is more popular with boys. In major leagues, baseball is more popular. Baseball is "Americas" sport. Plus it's more talked about with sport fans.
Baseball is more popular.
In America, baseball is a very popular sport, more popular than in any other country, therefore the baseball bat is associated more as with the sport than as a weapon.
Even coming from a baseball addict, I have to admit that soccer is more popular then baseball :(
Baseball is much more popular. It's America's Pastime. Lacrosse is just running. Baseball takes 10x more skill, more mental, and more focus.
Are you asking if which sport is more popular, or which object is larger, a baseball or a softball? A softball is a larger ball then a baseball, but baseball is tremendously more popular than softball.
I hear more about baseball then I hear soccer but they do play both a lot and frequintley but I think baseball is more popular
fantasy basketball is more popular because it is alot easier to follow than fantasy baseball
Baseball is more popular
No in the U.s.A basketball, baseball , N.h.L and N.F.L are more popular then football.
Baseball. It's Americas sport although skateboarding is one of the most popular extreme sports
Yes it is.
Baseball would be the most popular sport between the two. More people play competitive baseball then basketball both in the USA and around the world
It seems that football is getting more popular over the years
...wrestling, it's more popular :D
I think it does because of the fact that basketball is more popular than baseball.
Because it rhymes with "great". ... In all seriousness, the number 8 is no more common than any other number in baseball.
Softball is awsome it is great!
Football is more popular than baseball by like 20%.