Are All-Star Games Worth It?

By Speed on the Beat (@SpeedontheBeat)

It's an argument that's been had for years. Are all-star games worth it? On one side, you get, essentially, a fantasy baseball/football/basketball/soccer team picked by the fans. Fans get to feel like they mean something in the grand scheme of the game. And, recently, the winning league/conference, especially in American sports, gets home field/home court advantage during the championship series. That's something, right?

But, inversely, you have players opting out because they don't want to get hurt. You have players actually getting hurt during these glorified exhibition games. Usually, it's because of the added bonuses attached to these games. Sometimes, it's a freak accident. Additionally, seeing two teams score a million points isn't exactly fun.

Now, the MLB has rectified this to a degree. The ASG in their league has been relatively low-scoring, relatively still strategic. However, other leagues are slow to adapt to this philosophy. Ultimately, all-star games are fun, but they have a way to go before they're worth the struggle possibly put into them. Plus, from a media standpoint, they aren't as big of a draw as they once were, with year-round programming, Netflix, DVRs, and instant highlights taking away some of the allure of the game.

So, where will all-star games be in the next ten years? Only time will tell. But, for the most part, they don't seem worth the trouble. But, as always, that's just my opinion.



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