Speeding Up the Game
First, the MLB has been trying to implement new rules to speed up the game, but most experts think that it would bring the game in the wrong direction. One example was, in the minor leagues they tried to set a 20 second pitch counter that shortened the game by 16 minutes. While it was a major decrease to fans, most people think shortening games by minimal amounts won’t increase the fanbase. Another example is, they tried to force batters to stay in the box at all time. This would be a beneficial rule, but players have found ways around it by calling timeouts or asking the umpire questions. Another way people think they can make the game shorter is by making the commercials shorter. The players have found they aren't playing for a lot of the game. There are approximately 45 minutes of commercials in each baseball game. Although this again would make the game shorter by a substantial amount, this would lower advertisements for players, making them less known. Making people less knowledgeable about the game.
Finally, the game doesn’t sufficiently entertain them. First, there simply isn’t enough action. A WSJ study found there is only about 18 minutes of action in a 3 hour game of baseball. This turns people off because they get bored of watching the game. Second, there are other “better” options. It’s proven people like games like basketball and football better because there is more going on. In basketball they are scoring every 30 seconds and in football the players are constantly tackling each other. This means people will go watch other things instead of baseball. Lastly, a lot of casual viewer don’t know the rules to the game. This makes their understanding of baseball nonexistent. Which affects their view on the game, thinking it’s too complicated or has too many rules.