The National Baseball Congress World Series isn’t going anywhere.
It’s not going to fold because of a lack of interest. It’s not going to go bankrupt because of a lack of money. It’s not going to die on the vine because Wichitans have neglected providing nourishment.
The NBC is 78 years old and, whether you like it or not, we’re stuck with it.
The choices are simple: Work to correct the problems with the tournament or adopt a status-quo policy which has led to much of the current discontent.
Option 2 really isn’t an option. The only way to move forward with the NBC is to search for new ways, new ideas, to assure viability in coming decades. We’re going to get to the 100-year anniversary, I promise. I just hope I’m around to enjoy the festivities.
Allowing that there is still a lot that is right with the NBC, here are a few ideas for how to fix what is broken and implement what hasn’t yet been implemented. I’d love to hear your thoughts.
Walkup also works for the Wichita Wingnuts, who have a contractual agreement with the city to operate the NBC. But if Walkup isn’t devoting 95 percent of his time and energy to the NBC, there is a flaw in the organizational flow chart.
An NBC without an Alaska team or two just isn’t an NBC. The NBC needs to find out what’s going on in the Alaska League, a six-team organization that has long been one of the top collegiate summer baseball leagues. Walkup should visit Alaska soon to answer questions and seek solutions that will assure Alaska keeps its NBC ties.