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02-21-2009, 01:18 PM
Join Date: May 2007
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dream on....why would it make sense to take away from each league's playoffs to go the way of regional tournaments which probably won't sell in most places anyway.....the idea of a Final 4 national tournament doesn't make financial sense....remember when the CIS used to be a four team tournament with semifinal games on the friday and a final on the saturday or sunday....teams fight tooth and nail to get to a nationals and suddenly, they're done because they lose a semifinal game.....at least with the six team format, they've got a couple of chances at least....witness Alberta's victory last season in Moncton....
I have doubts that we'll ever see a regional system. However:
1. Nothing would be "taken away" from each league's playoffs. This system adds ONE WEEK which would be scheduled between league finals and the Final Four.
2. Finances are a problem. (As they are for the current arrangement!) However, the host would also host a regional as a #1 seed with a great chance to make the Final Four. The host would be selling tickets for 6 "prime time" games over 2 weekends rather than 7 games over 4 days.
3. The current arrangement is basically sudden-death. The Alberta situation was an anomalie. In fact, the crrent system is bad beause if a team loses a game by 3 goals they have nothing to shoot for in game 2. At least 2 teams each year are knocked out with one loss.
4. All tournaments have sudden death finals, and usually sudden death semi-finals also. For example, RBC Cup, Allen Cup, Memorial Cup, World Juniors, etc.
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