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02-26-2013, 10:20 PM
Bodacious Wits
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More advanced version of the realignment plan:

The playoff format calls for the top three teams in each division to earn post-season berths. The remaining four spots would go to wild-card teams, the top two records remaining in each conference. That means there's a possibility five teams make it from one division and only three from another.

It would be divisional playoffs, not conference playoffs, so 1 vs. 4, 2 vs 3 in the first round. The two fourth seeds would be made up of the wild-card teams. The top division winner based on regular-season points in the standings would face off against the lower-ranked wild-card team. The other division winner would play the higher-ranked wild-card.
They eliminate the separate conference fiction but retain the inter-divisional playoff scheme. They solve the unbalanced conferences by giving up 2 general wild card spots per conference. Which means that first round doesn't have to be purely inter-divisional, but only if one division sends 5 teams and the other sends 3.

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