The Division I Baseball Committee has unveiled a slightly modified schedule for the 2008 College World Series. The event will now start on Saturday, June 14 rather than Friday as in years past, a change aimed at giving teams an extra day to prepare and safeguarding against weather delays in the regionals and super-regionals. The CWS Finals will now begin on Monday, June 23 and conclude on Tuesday or Wednesday, rather than beginning the previous Saturday and concluding on Sunday or Monday. This way, the “if necessary” games are scheduled for Saturday, June 22, making Sunday an off day.
“The new schedule also provides more competitive equity for teams playing in the series, especially for those advancing through the losers’ brackets,” said Dennis Poppe, NCAA managing director for baseball and football.
The new schedule also has the added benefit of putting the CWS Finals games all in prime time on week nights, when ratings figure to be better than they are on the weekends. The more exposure for college baseball’s penultimate showcase, the better.
The NCAA also announced the price of all tickets will increase by $1, and there will no longer be any single-session doubleheaders.
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