HNIC shows new potential alignment with 16 teams in "east" groupings
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02-25-2013, 03:10 PM
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Number 2:In a realignment scenario, the two-conference, six-division model is dead. The League wants to move to a home-and-away model for all teams, and most likely a four-division or four-conference setup.
The status quo has already been upended, and it would have been in effect this year if the NHLPA just rubber-stamped it like they usually do.
Again, I think it's important that I say first that I don't want to sound like I'm against Detroit being in an eastern Conference. But now, how does Detroit being in an eastern Conference help TV ratings for all the teams in the West? You're talking about improving Detroit's ratings, while likely hurting the ratings of a whole lot of teams in the West.
In fact, how has having all the ETZ teams (other than Detroit and Columbus) separated from the Rest of the League helped those non-ETZ teams with better TV ratings?
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