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02-26-2013, 01:19 PM
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Originally Posted by Enigma Publius View Post
Shall I dig up the figures for decreased travel on the part of Dallas, too? And you're not factoring in the fact that the reduction of travel from everyone in the Pacific conference is much greater than the increase from the other Central teams. Additionally, Dallas sees reduced travel with the departure of DET & CLB. So yeah, the other teams see an increase in travel, but the overall reduction of travel (from the Pacific teams; from Dallas) compensates for it.
Yes, Colorado is closer to Dallas, but Columbus and/or Detroit are closer to the other 5 CTZ teams. The Pacific division is a wash (assuming 8 teams yields two 4-team half divisions for scheduling purposes). Anaheim, for example, either plays Colorado 3 more times or plays Vancouver, Calgary, and Edmonton an additional time each. Vancouver either plays Colorado 4 more times or plays San Jose, Anaheim, Los Angeles, and Phoenix 1 more time. It's a wash for those teams.
Originally Posted by Enigma Publius View Post
Hey look! You're the #1 seed! As a reward, you get a cross-continent playoff series where not only must you factor in the cost and drain of travel, but start times are guaranteed to reduce your regional TV viewership!

Or you could have #3 Vancouver vs. #4 New Jersey as your cross-country series. And with some of these other proposals it'll be Vancouver vs. Nashville. Unless the Pacific division has 4 and only 4 playoff participants, you will have a 1/3 chance of one of these multi-timezone series cropping up.

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