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MLB bolsters baseball Olympic bid with TV, schedule concessions [Updated]

LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- Baseball officials told the International Olympic Committee they will do almost anything to create a schedule to put an Olympic tournament in the spotlight should the sport be readmitted to the Games for 2016.

Baseball was among seven sports making its Olympic case Monday to the IOC executive board, which in August will recommend two to fill the vacancies on the Olympic program created when baseball and softball were dropped after the 2008 Beijing Games.

Karate, roller sports, golf, rugby sevens, softball and squash also are seeking spots on the program. The IOC membership will vote on the sports after picking the 2016 Olympic host in October. A simple majority of IOC votes is needed, and they can choose one, both or neither.

Golf brought in Annika Sorenstam and Colin Montgomerie for its presentation. Asked how it went, Sorenstam said, "We shot under par.''

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