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Is Proximity Enough For a Viable Rivalry?

By Rob B On June - 25 - 2010

This month in Major League Baseball, there are several inter-league series being played.

Last weekend, it was the Mets and Yankees.

This weekend, the Cubs are playing the White Sox out in Chicago.

Here in D.C., the Washington Nationals are taking a half-hour drive north to play the Baltimore Orioles.

In some respects, the series between the Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers could be considered a Subway Series since the teams used to both be located in the Big Apple. 

That's certainly the foundation between the rivalry involving the Dodgers and San Francisco Giants.

It came to my attention that one of the other authors on my site, www.GuysNation.com,  doesn’t buy into either the, “Subway Series” and “Battle of the Beltway,” concepts as a rivalry starter.

Although the article is done in a conversational manner and isn't newspaper-quality writing, I think some interesting points were made.

Is it just a marketing ploy to get people to care in a series based on fictional emotional friction?

Are these proximity-based rivalries the bane of television-network executives?  Does that ...

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