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11-14-2012, 08:36 AM
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Two different conferences, two different realities. In the East, it's all about rivalries. In the West, it's all about travel. Why do the two have to be set up the same way? Why does one size have to fit all?

East: NYR, NYI, NJ, Phi
North: Bos, Mtl, Ott, Tor
Central: Pit, Buf, Det, Clb
South: Was, Car, TB, Fla

- All 16 ETZ teams in the East
- 6 games against 3 division opponents(18)
- 4 games against 12 conference opponents(48)
- 1 game against the West(14)
- Go to an even 80 game schedule, or add two wildcard games against two teams from the West for 82
- Every team has the same chance of making the playoffs
- 1-8 conference seeding
- Division winners get the top 4 seeds

Midwest: Chi, Nas, StL, Min, Wpg, Dal, Col
West: Van, Edm, Cal, SJ, LA, Ana, Phx

- 6 games against 6 division opponents(36)
- 4 games against 7 conference opponents(28)
- 1 game against the East(16) + maybe two wildcard games
- 80 or 82 game schedule
- Every team has the same chance to make the playoffs
- Top 4 in each group makes the playoffs, and they play each other in the 1st and 2nd round, to cut down on travel
- If the 5th team in one group has a better record than the 4th in the other, suck it up and deal with it
- Sorry Chi, StL, and Nas, but Detroit doesn't really care about you guys anyway, at least not enough to turn down more 7pm start times on the road

Now if only they could figure out how to split the billions of dollars, realignment might matter.

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