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02-25-2013, 06:21 AM
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Originally Posted by Sunking278 View Post
I actually kind of like your idea. Again, though, I maintain that franchises need not necessarily be in the same division or conference to maintain a rivalry. And there are way too many teams in the Eastern time zone, so something should have to give there.
Yeah, they really do need to be in the same division to maintain a rivalry. What rivalry has survived long-term when the teams were in different divisions? RIvalries like Avs-Wings can be great for a few years when you have two teams dominate and compete in the play-offs every year. However, those fade as the teams drop in the standings.

There are so many teams because the bulk of the population for the continent is in the eastern time zone. The time zone has a lot more large cities. What should they do, force teams to move to markets in other time zones?

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