I thought this article in the Wall Street Journal was an interesting exploration of the problems facing the MLB as they try to stay relevant in the sports landscape. A lot of kids these days don't have the attention span for baseball and as the article suggests, kids who don't play the game are much less likely to become fans/customers when they grow up. The author cites a 25% drop in Little League participation over the last decade. I don't think there's any question that is a problem for the MLB. I thought it was surprising that despite the growing concern over concussions, football and hockey participation is up. I thought this quote from former National League president Len Coleman was very. . .um. . .telling:
"The days of kids being born with a glove next to their ear in the crib and boys playing catch in the backyard by age three, those are over,"
He's not exactly a casual observer. Anyway, I think the article is an interesting read and it's pretty short: