In my last article, I looked at what soccer might look like as an FCFL-style sport. While I think that soccer is the most likely second sport on the platform, baseball is also well-suited to having a fan controlled league, and I could envision it happening as soon as 2020. While that’s an ambitious timeline, with at least three league launches in less than three years, the folks at Fan Access Network will almost certainly want to add sports rapidly to avoid competition and avoid losing their first-mover advantage.
One advantage of baseball is that, like soccer, it has a global audience. The United States, Canada, Mexico, South Korea, Japan and many other countries are hotbeds of baseball talent and baseball fans. With worldwide interest in crypto, and with the FCFL’s focus on a remote viewing experience, broad international appeal is a big plus.
Baseball as a Fan Access Network sport would have a number of things in common with all sports, such as the decisions about managers, coaches, the team’s roster and starting lineups.
In-game decisions would include enough elements to keep fans busy almost continuously:
- Selecting pinch hitters and defensive substitutes
- Calling for pitching changes
- Implementing strategies such as defensive shifts, hit and runs, pitchouts, etc.
- Telling catchers what pitch to call for
The last item in particular takes advantage of the non-continuous nature of baseball and gives fans something to do during the lulls in the action of a three-hour baseball game.
In a recent podcast interview, Sohrab Farudi (the CEO of FCFL) mentioned baseball as one of the obvious prospects for future sports (along with soccer and cricket), so it may be only a matter of time until we see the FCBL!