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Sports keeps getting bigger, not better

Baseball and basketball could use fewer games; NCAA and NFL should stop while ahead

Updated: March 24, 2010, 4:52 PM ET
By Howard Bryant | ESPN.com

In "The Way It Is," the late Curt Flood's seminal and searing autobiography, he writes with sharp prescience of fears that are present exponentially today:

To understand baseball at all, and make reasonable demands of it, the fan must bear in mind that baseball is show business. Their protestations notwithstanding, the owners measure the Good of the Game in terms of the profits that remain after expenses are subtracted from receipts. Everything else is subordinated, including ...

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