|Thursday, January 9
Updated: January 10, 4:26 PM ET
Home-field advantage has rotated each year
NEW YORK -- Commissioner Bud Selig will probably brief owners next week on his plan to have the league that wins the All-Star game gain home-field advantage in the World Series.
Selig had said at the November owners' meeting that he intends to reinvigorate the All-Star game, which last summer ended in a much mocked, 7-7 tie after 11 innings in Milwaukee. Both the AL and NL ran out of pitchers, with managers Joe Torre and Bob Brenly using players for short stretches to get everybody in.
Home-field advantage in the best-of-seven World Series has rotated each year. Bob DuPuy, baseball's chief operating officer, said this week that Selig's plan to have the team from the All-Star-winning league be host for Games 1, 2, 6 and 7 doesn't require a vote by owners.
Baseball and Fox also are considering whether to have the start of the World Series pushed back from a Saturday to a Tuesday, perhaps as soon as this year. Games 1 and 6, played on Saturdays, have been plagued by record-low ratings.
In addition, Fox is considering whether to drop two Saturday broadcasts in September, where they currently go up against college football, and using those slots earlier in the season.