I was listening to Cowherd just now and he mentioned Darren Rovell's comments that the MLB season needs to be shortned to 140 games or less.
Part of the reasoning given is that individual fans can't afford or possibly attend season ticket packages for 81 home games.
I did a google search and apparently Rovell has been talking about this for at least 2 years now, but the current financial situation teams like the Doders and Mets, and previously the Rangers and others are facing has a lot to do with not drawing enough fans/player salaries too high.
Traditionalists would hate this, but I think it would be a great idea. Here are some of the treasons why:
1 - Too many early and late season weather problems. By starting the season in mid April and ending it in mid September you increase the likelihood that games are played without delays or postponement. Plus, with so many players from southern states and latin america, it really isn't fun watching them struggle early and in the post-season because it's so freaking cold.
2 - Injuries. A lot of players are rested often or (young pitchers especially) limited in number of games or innings because of the toll it would take on their body. This would reduce that significantly.
3 - Scarcity. Econ 101 talks about a scarce product having increased demand. I think average attendance figures would rise. Probably not to the point that a team would more than make-up for the loss of 12 home games at the gate, but likely enough that the loss would not be as substantial as simply subtracting 12 times their current average. Plus those colder weather games (aside from opening series and late series for teams in a pennant race) are generally the least attended anyhow.
4 - Less competition with late season hockey and basketball/early season football.
Reasons against it:
1 - Players union. Certainly owners would want to factor a salary decrease of some sort if the player was playing 14% fewer games. I don't see the union going for that without a fight, even if there were a number of factors in favor of it.
2 - Records. You could kiss 50 HR in a season goodbye, and probably 20 wins for a pitcher. 3,000 hits, 500 HR, 300 wins for careers would be far less likely to achieve, meaning Rafael Palmeiro's career (viagra and hgh aside) suddenly look that much better compared to however a Bryce Harper or someone finishes their career.
Having said all of this I, like those I've heard on the radio, doubt this change will ever happen, but that doesn't mean it's a horrible idea.