Seventh-Day Stretch: Why the MLB Shouldn't Schedule Sunday Games After August

Jay WarnerContributor ISeptember 24, 2009

NEW YORK - JUNE 30:  Dallas Cowboys Quarterback and  Starter Spokesperson Tony Romo attends NY Yankee batting practice at Yankee Stadium on June 30, 2009 in New York City.  (Photo by Joe Kohen/Getty Images for Iconix Brand Group, Inc)

There are a whole lot of us who love baseball just as much as football, particularly the NFL. I would like to speak for us baseball and football fans who have to deal with this conflict on a yearly basis.

The 2010 MLB schedule came out about a couple of weeks ago and as usual every team has about one night off a week during the season. None of us could really expect noticeable changes outside of the Collective Bargaining Agreement talks.

For as long as I have been following both baseball and football, I can pretty much say that starting the first Sunday of the NFL season, baseball becomes a secondary focus aside from the Division and Wildcard races plus the postseason.

So I have drawn up a rather sensible solution to hopefully contain this problem a lot of us go through every year:

  • With the lone exception of makeup games, there will not be anymore Sunday games after August.
  • Thus all weekly days off will occur only on Sundays after August as opposed to midweek to accomodate fans (and yes, the baseball players) who would rather watch football on Sunday.

Hopefully this will be not only a morale booster for the players, but for the baseball franchise owners who would rather not deal with the lower attendance and TV ratings on Sundays during football season.

Though I do not expect this to be resolved immediately, I would at least hope this issue would get attention at the next CBA talks.