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02-26-2013, 03:46 PM
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You can’t get a prefect setup, alignment and scheduling, for the Regular Season and the Playoffs all combined. There’s just too many limitations, variables, and differing opinions and preferences. Seriously, the League should just prioritize. The Regular Season is setup to feed the Playoffs the best teams in that Season. Division rivals are primarily Playoff based, though logically should be geographically oriented. The priority then is to get those Division matchups in the Playoffs as much as possible.
The Playoffs are also Conference oriented. So therefore, shouldn’t scheduling in the Regular Season be prioritized by Division and Conference? And that means also playing an even number of games against each of those Divisional and Conference opponents. It doesn’t matter so much the number, as long as it’s even.

The Regular Season schedule should be something like this:
Western Conference
6 x 3 = 18
4 x 3 = 12
4 x 7 = 28
Other Conf
2 x 8 = 16
1 x 8 = 8

Eastern Conference
4 x 7 = 28
4 x 8 = 32
Other Conf
2 x 8 = 16
1 x 6 = 6

Again, the priority is in Playoff Division matchups as much as possible. That’s where the Division really counts.

Secondly, with such a schedule, a crossover still makes sense.

Thirdly, Minnesota, Dallas, Detroit, Columbus, they all have reduced Regular Season schedules against far-west teams. The other CTZ teams will in the majority of cases get much less Playoff matchups against far-west teams. Those are all improvements.

Originally Posted by mlandry View Post
Either expand to 32 teams or keep it to 15 teams per conference...
Expand to 32 teams or keep it with 6 5-team Divisions.

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