Daly on impact of realignment on expansion, negotiations w/NHLPA
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03-01-2013, 10:35 AM
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Seeding 1 to 16 is great, but its a nightmare for tv. You could easily get all east vs west matches in the first round. That means you will have start times at 4-5 in the west and 10-11 on the eat for road games. Its just awful for building a fan base and it will hurt tv ratings. So you just upset all of your tv partners.
People need do a better job prioritizing the things that are important here. Tv times is a big one, playing every team in the league in your own building, equal chances for all teams to make the playoffs.
The 8, 7, 8, 7 system pretty much covers all of that. Especially if you only play teams in your division more than other teams vs having tiers based on division, then conference, then league. You reduce the imbalance issue by saying a 5th place team from an 8 team group can take the spot of 4th place team in a 7 team group. But limit that movement to eastern and western conferences.
One eastern time zone team would be screwed, but its for the greater good, and even that team still has an improved schedule to their current one.
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