I'm a big free market guy, and if we took this subject outside of sports I'd disagree with myself, But the process of capitalism, and free market principles of constant growth and expansion, is really infringing upon my enjoyment of sports. I am constantly frustrated, both in a broader marketing sense as well as in a sports sense, with great companies that cannot resist expanding their product in order to drive even greater growth and profit. What we often find however, is that same pursuit of an extra percentage of growth results in a company that no longer resembles what people first loved about it. This is where we are headed lately IME. There are many examples, but I will offer a few:
--the 96 team NCAA expansion
--The 16 team B10 expansion
--the stupid decision to expand the NFL draft to 3 days (first round Thursday night, rounds 2 and 3 Friday night, the rest Saturday)
None of these are being done for any other reason than either: 1- we can make more money, or 2- we can get higher ratings. I have seen arguments justifying these decisions on a financial basis. I have seen legitimate arguments (that I disagree with) on how these decisions would not hurt those events. But I haven't see a single good argument made that doing so would make these things BETTER. Why isn't our first question, prior to making a change: "will this make it better?"
I don't argue that this shouldn't be allowed to take place, or that something should be done, other than fans communicating with the NCAA and NFL as they see fit. But I do argue that this is rather sad.