Seton Hall and Princeton taking part in undervalued event
BY JOE FAVORITO
ON N.J. SPORTS MARKETING
It is an underappreciated stepchild lost amongst professional sports of the spring, this college baseball. Competing against everything from MLB and the NBA Playoffs to spring football in some places, the competitive games, and potential future MLB stars, get lost in the mix. The sport on the collegiate level also suffers from the ills of weather, especially in the Northeast, that make promotion of the game an afterthought.
However this weekend, at 16 regional sites with Seton Hall and Princeton representing New Jersey, the NCAA Baseball Tournament begins. The double elimination first rounds provide as much excitement, drama and even upsets as March Madness with not even a blip of the notoriety outside of the host markets in many cases. Yet it can easily be argued that there will be as many, if not more, elite professional athletes playing in this year’s NCAA Tournament than at any point during the men’s hoops field. Yet on a quiet Memorial Day weekend ESPN’s airwaves were full of World’s Strongest Man and pool and dance competitions and even NCAA softball, with little college baseball (which was having its post-season conference tournaments) to be found.