The State Of Baseball

GUESTS: BOB COSTAS Sports Broadcaster Author Fair Ball: A Fan's Case for Baseball (Broadway Books, April 4, 2000) JAY WEINER Sports Reporter, Minneapolis Star Tribune Commentator, Minnesota Public Radio Author Stadium Games: Fifty Years of Big League Greed and Bush League Boondoggles (Univ. Minnesota Press, 2000) Last week, the New York Mets and the Chicago Cubs played the first game of the regular baseball season, in Japan. This was major league baseball's first season opener ever outside the United States. League officials have been criticized for playing the first game halfway around the world but they hope it will help increase revenue and popularize the sport internationally. And with the boom in stadium construction the debate over public or private funding for sports facilities has increased. Where is major league baseball headed? Join Juan Williams and guests for a look at the state of baseball.



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