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1.) In Korea, they have “sold seats” to companies allowing them to essentially advertise by putting a character, sign, etc in different locations throughout the stadium. In some ways, this seems cheesy, but it does provide an additional revenue source for a minimal impact to the game. Baseball of course, is stubborn, and some may view it as tainting the seriousness of the game, but in these crazy times, it does provide an alternative solution for Revenue..

Would you be in favor of something similar?

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Would you be in favor of selling seats to advertisers?

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  • 53%
    Yes
    (121 votes)
  • 22%
    No
    (50 votes)
  • 24%
    Meh
    (55 votes)
226 votes total Vote Now
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2.) On Today’s boil, there were some discussions of the challenges in regards to Umpires in the MLB (Angel Fernandez specifically). In talking to my friend (I’m not a soccer fan), he explained that the Referee’s in soccer are essentially rated for accuracy annually, and the ones at the bottom of the rankings are moved down to the lower level leagues. (And top performers at lower leagues are moved up)

As the “war” rages on about the value of live umpires vs the push for a Robo-Umps for the accuracy, this seems like a middle ground that could help from both elements.

How would you solve the problem? Do you like the idea of a promotion/demotion system?

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Would you be in favor of a Promotion/Demotion system for the umpires?

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  • 95%
    Yes
    (235 votes)
  • 1%
    No
    (3 votes)
  • 3%
    Meh
    (8 votes)
246 votes total Vote Now

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3.) This topic hurts, but I wanted to open it up to the group. Brent Strom is 71 years old, and we have to assume he doesn’t have another 10 years of being coach for the Astros. Which pitching coaches around the league do you think would be a good fit?