Every sports commissioner wants to grow his game beyond the United States, and Major League Baseball's Bud Selig is no different.
"That's my great goal is to take the game international," Selig said Tuesday in New York.
Of course. Those in charge of America's pastime see opportunities outside the North America and Caribbean countries where the sport is already widely played. Each league wants to market to the billion-person nations of China and India as well as burgeoning economies like Brazil and Turkey.
When it comes to international sports, no two events garner more eyeballs, more devotion than the World Cup and the Olympic Games. Baseball is not in either one, and unless it makes some drastic foot-based rule changes, only the Olympics are a possibility for worldwide attention....
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James dabbles in the baseballey-writey world. He won the SABR Analytics Conference Research Award for contemporary baseball analysis. It was for that defensive shifts piece, you remember that? Not a huge deal, he also lost a bunch of other awards.
He has also written for NBCOlympics.com, Pittsburgh Magazine, Pittsburgh Sports Report and the official websites of the Los Angeles Clippers and Pittsburgh Penguins.
By night, James is a television news reporter and weekend anchor for WKBN and WYTV in Youngstown, Ohio. Makes sense, seeing as how his degree from the University of Southern California is in Broadcast Journalism.
James dispenses more bad jokes at his Twitter account, @JamesSantelli. It's there that he promises to write in the first-person.