Go back to the 1980s version where it wasn't broken up into two brackets and there was more variety in matchups. Right now, it's possible for a team can play seven games against just three of the other seven teams. Under the old format, you essentially had three rounds, then a reset with the four remaining teams.OK, gotta ask, what would be better?
It’s shortened by one day starting next year. There will be no off-day before the finals. It also starts on Friday so the finals are Saturday/Sunday/Monday. This was the original schedule when the current format was implemented in 2003. (Dropping the ridiculous, made for CBS, one-game final.)For starters, not 12 days. No single game days unless it's dictated by elimination of teams. That'd be a great start for change.
It’s shortened by one day starting next year. There will be no off-day before the finals. It also starts on Friday so the finals are Saturday/Sunday/Monday. This was the original schedule when the current format was implemented in 2003. (Dropping the ridiculous, made for CBS, one-game final.)
You got it all. That moves the finals forward one day by playing the second set of elimination games on the same day instead of separate days.That's a start, still think it's a day too long with the above.
Friday game 1: A v B
Friday game 2: C v D
Saturday game 3: E v F
Saturday game 4: G v H
Sunday game 5: L1 v L2
Sunday game 6: W1 v W2
Monday game 7: L3 v L4
Monday game 8: W3 v W4
Tuesday game 9: W5 v L6
Tuesday game 10: W7 v L8
Wednesday game 11: W6 v W9
Wednesday game 12: W8 v W10
Thursday game 13: if necessary
Thursday game 14: if necessary
No games, it's a day off
Friday-Saturday-Sunday = Best 2 of 3
What'd I miss? It was done quickly so any mistake is an honest one. 9 day tournament, adios on day 10.
ESPN did a horrible job covering the 2021 CWS. From minimal updates, to no post-game coverage after the title unless you went to the SECN, and yes I'm aware it's owned by ESPN (furthers a similar topic point), to immediately cutting away to a 2014 UFC fight during a weather delay to Vandy homers calling the game, atrocious story telling and so much more. It was bad. Real bad.
College baseball coaches need to get together and demand more from the NCAA, CWS and ESPN. We're all aware of what conference the best teams are from and they'll continue to separate from the pack with their built in advantages.