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11-27-2012, 09:06 PM
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Originally Posted by Legionnaire11 View Post
It's not making the travel any easier for the east. But they already enjoy that advantage and appear to be against re-alignment because they don't want to give up that advantage. In particular Philly, NYR, NYI, NJD, Boston all enjoy an amazing advantage in travel cost.

a 14-16 conference split preserves that advantage for the east (plus 1 current west team), and it finally gives the west some type of advantage.
I don't think you understand that it isn't East vs West in terms of strength of schedule. Travel is an issue all Western teams face so there is no advantage anywhere. If they were competing with Eastern teams for a playoff spot then you would have a point.

If there was a 16/14 split though than Western teams would have a clear advantage as they would be competing with less teams for a playoff spot.

If the only thing you care about is the travel cost itself the whatever. Have a new clause in the CBA where all travel expenses are pooled and divided evenly among the 30 teams. Giving one conference an advantage in making the playoffs isn't the answer to resolving travel expenses.

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