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03-19-2012, 09:02 PM
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I don't get one thing about the play-outs - teams that have enough points so they can't end in one of the two last places even if they lose all remaining games - what's their motivation to win? They might as well not show up for the games and get an automatic 3-0 loss.

This is kind of similar to the current situation in the Russian football league - where during this season (and this season only) the 8 teams with most points after 30 rounds play in one group (for the championship), while the remaining 8 play in the other group (trying to avoid relegation). The "relegation group" teams have no chance to get beyond the 9th place (even if they have more points than the 8th placed team in the "championship group").

But all this is probably similar to a situation in a hockey league where even if there's only one group, however you have a specific number of points that guarantees you that even if you win all remaining games in regular season, you won't be getting to the playoffs, while if you lose every remaining game, there is still no chance you'll be endangered by ending on any of the relegation places in the standings. A "DMZ" of sorts.

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