What If There Were No Conferences
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02-27-2013, 01:02 AM
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Edmonton, AB
There is an eighty-two game formula that works with this:
Home and away four times (eight games times four opponents for thirty-two intradivision games) inside your division.
Home and away against the other twenty-five teams in the league for a total of fifty non-division games.
It comes up to a nice round 82 game season. The travel is not too bad for anyone, Detroit and Columbus kind of get their wish by playing the majority of their schedule in the eastern time zone, and by playing every team it gives a way to work an easy wildcard race. The penalty of the extra game in the division is balanced out by the added value to season ticket holders of getting to see a far greater variety of opponents otherwise.
Top two teams in each division play each other in the first round of the playoffs, and the two wildcards face each other. After the second round reseed, the new 1-seed faces the winner of the wildcard "division" series. You'd still have an East and West, but strictly in the terms of bracketing.
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