By Tyler on August 27, 2014
There have been a number of wonderful advances in the sports world since the year 2000, but not all of the rules and general changes have been positive. In fact, these 15 ways that sports have changed since 2000 have undoubtedly had a negative impact on the sports world.
MLB implemented instant replay in 2008, and expanded the system again in 2014. The second of these two switches made the game worse. Like the NFL, MLB games now seems to drag on forever as managers mull whether or not to challenge a play, and then wait multiple minutes just to get a simple verdict.
Everybody understands that the quarterback is the most important player on any NFL team, but the length the league has gone to protect these players is ridiculous. In the current system, it almost seems like even touching a quarterback could be called a foul, and defensive play has suffered immensely because of this.
Since 2000, there has been 14 new MLB stadiums, 14 new NFL stadiums, nine new NBA arenas and seven new NHL arenas. These venues certainly have an air of freshness, but they also lack the sense of history that many of their predecessors have.
MLB gave home-field advantage of the World Series to the winner of the ASG after the 2002 game ended in a tie, and the baseball world has been worse off ever since. Players and managers don't seem to take the game any more seriously, and more fans seem to be tuning out the Midsummer Classic with every passing year.
The NCAA Division I Basketball Tournament expanded from 64 teams to 65 in 2001, and then again to 68 teams prior to the 2011 tournament. This undoubtedly resulted in more excitement at the end of the regular season, but it dilutes the NCAA tournament, and one only can wonder when the regular season will become completely obsolete.
The NBA banned players entering the draft straight out of high school in 2006, and both the NBA and college basketball have been harmed in the process. The NBA has lost out on an extra year of some great talent, and college basketball has been overrun by one-and-done players, leaving no clear winner from this move.
Interleague play went from a regional affair to matching up teams from all over MLB beginning in 2002. Fans surely love these matchups, but ratings for the World Series have suffered as a result, and the postseason has definitely lost some of its luster.
Ever since the Malice at the Palace occurred in 2004, the NBA has made an emphasis of suspending any player that comes off the bench during a game. This has resulted in some ridiculous suspensions.
Swimmers and speed skaters now wear uniforms that look like they came out of a laboratory, helping these athletes break nearly every record in the books. Nobody knows if the athletes are actually better than their predecessors, or if the uniforms are actually that great.
The NHL introduced the shootout at the end of tie games in overtime during the 2005-06 season as a way to spice up the league, but this has outlived its time. Shootouts dilute the standings, and really don't attract any extra eyes to arenas or televisions.
Massive steroid scandals have erupted in cycling, track and field and MLB since 2000, taking down such all-time greats as Lance Armstrong, Marion Jones, Alex Rodriguez and Barry Bonds in the process. Suffice to say, it is hard for fans to trust any athlete nowadays.
In 1999, the world record transfer fee was set when Inter paid €32.5 million to get Christian Vieri, but this looks like chump change in modern football, as the best players in the world go for upwards of €100 million. This has undoubtedly hurt small clubs and the integrity of club soccer overall.
Boxing has seemingly been replaced by MMA since the year 2000, and the world has missed out on some great fighters along the way.
The NBA was once known as an extremely tough league, but players from the 1980s are now put to shame by the amount of diving that occurs on a nightly basis. With stars like LeBron James diving, the NBA has lost a fair bit of credibility.
Baseball and Softball were taken out of the Summer Olympics beginning in 2012, putting a big hole the hearts of fans of each sport.
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