FIVE REASONS WHY . . . The offseasons for the NFL and the NBA always outshine the baseball regular season

Terence Moore

So many interesting stories in baseball. The Yankees resemble the Bronx Bombers of old. Mike Trout is finding yet a higher level as the game's best player. Just like that, the Atlanta Braves have gone from nothing to something else with a bunch of gifted young stars.

Yeah, yeah, yeah. But . . .

Where is LeBron going?

Oh, and can Bill Belichick and Tom Brady combine this season for a sixth NFL title despite wishing to stuff a football down each other's throat?

Now to The Big Five as to why baseball's regular season gets buried in conversation these days behind those other two sports.

5. Do the NBA playoffs ever end? Yeah, but barely. In fact, if you add the stretch drive of the regular season to the postseason that often finishes in the middle of June with the Finals, that covers more than the first couple of months of the start of the baseball season.

4. Tom Brady.

3. See Monday night. With glitz, glitter and glamour everywhere, the NBA went to southern California to hold its yearly awards ceremony live in prime time. That’s opposed to baseball, which quietly announces its various winners through press releases over the course of weeks after the World Series.

2. The NFL season never ends. Soon after the Super Bowl, you have the scouting combine in Indianapolis. Then you have the buildup to the draft. Then there is the hoopla surrounding free agency, followed by the opening of (ahem) voluntary workouts and camps. That’s before mandatory minicamps. Following a brief break (well, except for national headlines featuring a Jameis Winston or a few other NFL players doing something ignorant), training camp starts along the way to HBO’s popular “Hard Knocks” show, exhibition games and the regular season.

1. LeBron James.