ESPN Announces Plans to Launch Travel Baseball Fantasy League
BRISTOL, CN--The “worldwide leader in sports” has decided to capitalize on the rising popularity of youth baseball, announcing plans to start a travel ball fantasy league in 2020. The new league will afford parents the opportunity to feel like winners even if their kids aren’t any good.
“We just believe that this will alleviate the pressure most kids feel when they play,” explained Alex Goldberg, ESPN spokesperson. “Most parents of youth baseball players place too much pressure on their kids. They try to live vicariously through them and it puts a huge strain on the parent-child relationship. With this league, parents will be able to live vicariously through other people’s kids, and can have a good day at the ball field even if their kid stinks.”
For parents of kids who are actually talented, however, the league will have an adverse effect. The league will likely increase the amount of training kids will be forced to undergo which is expected to improve competition and increase the skill level of the next generation of prospects. In order to meet the demand for private baseball training, baseball facilities all over the country are expected to add several more high school JV standouts to their coaching staffs.
The new league will be launched via a free app, so parents can keep up with their fantasy points and even watch live games during their own kids’ games. For umpires, this is great news. The app is expected to reduce the amount of umpire heckling typical of travel tournaments, as parents will be less engaged and invested.
There are still many question marks regarding the scoring system and the nature of the league’s draft, but the idea seems promising. Anything that adds value and importance to youth baseball is a good thing.