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Moving CWS to July reportedly proposed by several college baseball coaches

Posted at 7:03 PM, May 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-21 21:36:54-04

OMAHA (KMTV) — The College World Series could be moving to July in future years. According to D1baseball.com co-managing editor Kendall Rogers, one of the most connected writers in the sport, a proposal by five major conference coaches recommends the start of the season move from mid-February to the 3rd weekend of March, meaning the CWS in Omaha would start the 3rd weekend of July beginning in 2022.

"Not only would it help make money in college baseball, which leads to better things," Rogers said. "It's also better for the athlete to not be pitching when it's 35 degrees in Omaha (in mid-February) but instead, pitching when it's 74 degrees in Omaha (in mid-March)."

According to the proposal, conference tournaments would be played around June 22-26, while NCAA Regionals would be played from July 1-4. Super Regionals would go from July 8-10 with the CWS starting around July 15 and the championship series would be played July 23-25.

Rogers, who's been lukewarm to the idea in the past, says he now supports this proposal, which to his surprise has had much support from coaches in the south.

"I think they're going to get resistance from the West Coast," said Rogers. "But at the end of the day if the Midwest, the South, the Mid-Atlantic and the Northeast were all united frankly, it doesn't matter what the West Coast wants. It'll pass."

Concerns about the proposal have mentioned how schools would have to pay for students' meals through possibly July. However, Rogers & Creighton baseball coach Ed Servais believe larger crowds in the summer & TV exposure could be enough to make up for that.

"We're starting our season when basketball is just revving up," said Servais. "They're getting into their final games and their conference tournaments and then the NCAA's. It's hard to compete against that."

"There's nothing going head-to-head with college baseball in July," Rogers said. "You look at the current situation: there's years Wimbledon goes head-to-head with the College World Series. So I love it. It kind of gives college baseball its own singular platform."

The MLB Draft, which is currently in mid-June, has also been a concern of opponents.

"I think the draft in the future is destined to move into July," said Rogers. "Reading the tea leaves in professional baseball, that seems to be the future."

Rogers & Servais believe the coaches will vote on the matter sometime in the near future before the proposal is formally submitted to the NCAA in January. On Thursday, both were asked to give an educated guess on the percent chance they think the CWS will end up being moved to July.

"I would probably put it at about 65 to 70 (percent)," Rogers said. "I think if the Power 5's that are supporting it as of now behind the scenes continue to support that, it's going to pass."

"I would say it's better than 50-50 right now," said Servais. "I think we're in a period right now where administrators are looking at ways to generate more revenue. And I think this would allow us to do that."