Manatee-X Posted July 13, 2011 Report Share Posted July 13, 2011 But even if that's the case... - does the Eastern team crossing over automatically finish 8th (and thus still get penalized)? - the Eastern team, as you said, is penalized by extra travel in the playoffs - the schedules are unbalanced and unequal for teams competing for the same playoff spot So still hate it. The premise of a competitive sports league is that all teams, as much as possible should start on equal footing, and the whole idea of unbalanced conferences throws that out the window. If Bettman is so worried about one extra team staying in the same conference it's in now, maybe he should have thought about all the problems he created when he watered down the talent pool with his mindless expansion plans. I agree with you, but your arguement is based on the Eastern conference getting another team and everything else remaining largely as it is. My understanding of the new proposal was that "Eastern" and "Western" conferences aren't even going to exist anymore. As a result the playoffs won't be divided into Eastern and Western halves like they are now. Why not do it more like baseball? You've got four divisions and four division leaders who get in as seeds 1-4. After that there are 12 league-wide wildcard slots. Now sure, if your division has eight instead of seven there's technically less of a chance to get in as division leader. If you're close enough for it to matter, though, you're still getting in as a wilcard (and likely a high seed) regardless. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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