I like the idea of a single deadline, though July 31st may be a little early. The waiver deadline seems unnecessarily complicated to me. The single deadline will hopefully push teams into making decisions on trading players. Harper for example may well have been traded last July if they didn't have the fallback of the waiver deadline. Pushing the deadline to mid August might help with teams who still think they are chasing a wild card.
100% on board with shorter ad breaks though I suspect they might make up for this with more ads during the main broadcast, maybe split screen or other on screen ads during game play.
I agree that the HR derby and All Star game are largely meaningless but getting the stars into the HR Derby can't hurt advertising the sport. I'm intrigued to find out more about the election and how it will work.
I think the three batter minimum is a simple solution that should cut down on ad breaks which can only be a good thing unless it leads to on screen ads during game play.
I'm indifferent to a 26 man roster. I like the idea of the 28 man September limit, however I feel like this is at the expense of minor leaguers. A month in the majors would be a welcome financial boon to many minor leaguers.
I don't like that teams can be limited to how they build their rosters. Teams should be allowed to be as creative as possible. Maybe the three batter limits reduces the need for additional relivers.
The hitters pitching rule seems like it will have almost no impact based on how its written. They need to find a way to allow for players like Ohtani to be introduced into the league however. There was a guy who pitched for the Reds the other day and then played in center field later in the same game. If the allowance is only for players who have already done it, how do they allow new players to try it?
I agree 100% with andyb that strikeouts are the biggest problem in todays game. Moving the mound back (though not by two feet) might be one possible solution to that.