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Sports fans talk about what they would change in sports

Truth be told, the fans are treated like the sticker of the sport. You protest, make your case, and provide outrageous advice, but most of the time you’re just in the game.

You pay the freight, but where real change is wanted and needed, your voice has little impact among influencers. Among the suits and power brokers. Among the rule makers and lords of sport. Owners control 51% of sports, television channels 39% and athletes 10%.

So far, that is. For the next few hundred words, you, the fan, gain 100% control. Like Elon Musk, I took to Twitter with the question “You can change one thing in sports. It can be anything, but only one thing. Unlike Musk, I asked that you keep it clean and half-smart.

The responses came fast and sometimes angry, but also genuine, funny and, for the most part, heartfelt. Clearly, you have bright ideas. Obviously you care. Obviously (some of them) should own teams and run leagues.

A direct debit:

“The Money” @carp68.

Uh, does that mean there should be more?

“Oh, Rob” @carp68.

“You have to be hit to be in college football, just like the NFL.” @osumab

It’s a bit, but why not? The argument that college rules should be stricter than the NFL doesn’t hold water, or why would college receivers only need to keep one foot in bounds?

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“No warm-up pitches in baseball. You warm up in the bullpen. Why do we need 10 more in the field? No other sport does this. @nrajag

I guess pitchers would say they need to see the actual framing of a catcher’s glove on the actual diamond during actual play. But Tom Brady would laugh it off. The guy throws passes to the ball boy on the sidelines.

NFL referee Ron Torbert (62) signals during the second half between the Miami Dolphins and the Baltimore Ravens at Hard Rock Stadium.

“Get rid of instant replay and call calls.” @JerryBuckeye

A Twitter follower after my heart.

“Playing the Super Bowl on Saturday.” @Zinger_Jeremiah

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell presents the Lombardi Trophy to Los Angeles Rams owner Stan Kroenke at the conclusion of Super Bowl 56 between the Los Angeles Rams and the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, February 13, 2022, at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California.  The Cincinnati Bengals lost, 23-20.  Nfl Super Bowl 56 Los Angeles Rams vs Cincinnati Bengals Feb 13, 2022 3140

And related…

“College football national championship game played on Saturday.” @ChipMinnich

And …

“Super Bowl, NCAA Championship Game, Final Four Championship Games ALL Saturday.” @RonLewand

“Salary Cap and Minimum Spending Cap in Baseball.” Similar to hockey. @DeathCabfrWoody

“Having to pay to watch market games – can’t watch Browns, Indians, Cavs or CBJ without subscribing to pay to watch.” @KBray960

And likewise…

“Power outages.” @bluskabucknut

“It’s admittedly trivial: naming rights for stadiums and arenas. Long list of horrible names, Value City Arena among them. @NPCatNBC

I will call your Value City and elevate you to Arena.

FILE - In this Nov. 9, 2019, file photo, Alabama coach Nick Saban reacts during the first half of the team's NCAA college football game against LSU in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  Alabama allowed 18.6 points per game nationally last season, good enough for 13th nationally.  But it's still the most Tide has given up since 2007, Saban's freshman year at Tuscaloosa.  (AP Photo/Vasha Hunt, File)

“Nick Saban quits his day job and pursues his dream of becoming a Mercedes dealership tycoon.” @rtoth15

No doubt he would break car sales records.

Fans yell at a referee during a high school basketball game in Dyersburg, Tenn.

“Parents are idiots at AAU basketball, Little League baseball games and other youth sporting events. #BeKindToTheRefsAndUmps” @jkellybrown


“8-team playoffs in college football.” @billboardguy72

Why stop there?

Kyle Schwarber reacts to referee Angel Hernandez after being taken out in the ninth inning.

“Angel Hernandez.” @KOMalley1204

Someone isn’t a fan of the oft-criticized baseball umpire.

“If your golf ball is in a divot, you may move your golf ball out of the divot without penalty.” @MRuffing12

You mean, not just anymore when your playmate isn’t watching?

“Bring true amateurism back to college sports.” @jerrycanterbury

There is NO chance of that happening.

“(Place a) chip in the football to address the line of scrimmage and touchdowns.” @scottduda

Does this mean Roger Goodell is the Terminator?

“Stop free agency so players stay with their teams. MLB becomes non-existent because you can’t track who’s on which team. @JohnRoby22

“Uniformity of rules (and their application) across all FBS P5 FB conferences.” @OHWildBill

But that would require cooperation. Hahahaha.

“Sportsmanship” @jasocarso

I hope this ship hasn’t already sunk.

“Smoothing”. @DaveShedloski

Allow me to strike a pose in response to that.

“If a defensive player in football causes an injury timeout, he must sit out the entire next offensive series.” @TimNej

This is called getting a timeout for causing a timeout.

After an offside review, referee Mitch Dunning disallows a goal by Ottawa Senators left winger Parker Kelly during the second period of the NHL game against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena on April 22 2022.

“In hockey: get rid of the coincidental and compensatory minor penalty that accompanies an embellishment appeal. Either it’s embellishment or it’s not. @jshacket

These are fighting words. Or maybe not?

“High profile violent crimes. I feel like professional sports would be so much more rewarding to watch if there wasn’t a new must-see TV star committing alleged domestic violence every week. @ChrisYingling2

The next one is coming in 3…2…1…

“More affordable” @jillrock12

It costs $20 to park this idea here.

“(Bob) Costas can’t call Yankees games.” @mattjborges

Or games?

Joey the goat looks through a fence at Celestial Farms.  The farm animal sanctuary and education center has about 200 animals.

“Every sport played on grass should raise the stakes by having sheep and goats roaming the field randomly during the game.” @mbatcheck

I would pay to watch this.

“Hackling in tennis and golf during serves, swings, etc. should be allowed.” @ohiostatescott

I wouldn’t pay to watch this.

“Coaching salaries. Complete it at the best teacher salary. @BrewdoodCMH

As you can see, the fans have some fantastic ideas. And some idiots. But it’s different from the current decision-makers, how?

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