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MLB Notebook: A non-basketball fan wonders — Why can’t MLB be more like the NBA?

 I'm not much of a fan of the NBA, and that's probably an understatement.

Basketball has always been my least favorite sport and I haven't followed the league at all since the 1980s. I don't like what little I've seen of the modern game, with its over-reliance on three-pointers, and I can do without the petty drama that seems part and parcel of the league.

Don't get me wrong: I have nothing but respect for the athletic skill the game demands. It's just not my thing. Nothing personal, hoopsters.

But as we watch as all four major sports scramble to re-start their leagues, I find myself suddenly envious. Why can't Major League Baseball be more like the NBA? Or, put another way, why can't Rob Manfred be more like Adam Silver?

Why is it that while MLB and its players conduct an embarrassingly public squabble over pay, the NBA boldly moves ahead with designs to stage its postseason without any of the internal rancor, without the tone-deaf proclamations from millionaire players and billionaire owners?

The answer, it seems to be, can found in the commissioner's office.

Manfred -- and, to be fair, his predecessors -- are quite rightly viewed as a representative of the owners. His job is to ensure the financial well-being of the game which, in turn, delivers huge profits to the individual franchise owners. That's his -- and their -- right, of course. Baseball is a business, with almost $12 billion in revenues in 2019.