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The NFL isn’t a perfect comparison.  But they’ve had two division winners below .500 in the 18 seasons that they’ve had four team divisions.

Whatever future model MLB goes with, I think they should consider mandating teams finish the regular season with above .500 in order to be allowed into the playoffs.  It won’t happen because of TV contracts and the like.  And it won’t happen because no league would want to have a division winner held out of the playoffs.

I realize the playoffs are for entertainment and to generate revenue.  But I think there needs to be some sort of reward / penalty for regular season records.

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Or because it's just a bad idea? 

I get where you're going, I just don't see it as that big of a concern. I think once you go this many teams, you're going to get some mediocre teams. A couple games above or blow .500 doesn't make that big a difference really. 

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2 minutes ago, Yoda said:

Or because it's just a bad idea? 

I get where you're going, I just don't see it as that big of a concern. I think once you go this many teams, you're going to get some mediocre teams. A couple games above or blow .500 doesn't make that big a difference really. 

So why go with this many teams?  Why reward mediocrity?

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4 minutes ago, Yoda said:

To help generate interest in smaller markets. Same reason other leagues are doing it. 

I don't think smaller markets have anything to do with it.  It has more to do with playoff revenue.

Even so, I don't see the need to copy what other leagues are doing just because that's what they are doing.

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1 minute ago, Casimir said:

I don't think smaller markets have anything to do with it.  It has more to do with playoff revenue.

Even so, I don't see the need to copy what other leagues are doing just because that's what they are doing.

More interest in smaller markets will generate more revenue. That should be why they make decisions like this. They're a business. 

They're not copying other leagues just for the sake of copying them. They're copying them because they see that the positives outweigh the negatives. 

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13 minutes ago, Yoda said:

More interest in smaller markets will generate more revenue. That should be why they make decisions like this. They're a business. 

They're not copying other leagues just for the sake of copying them. They're copying them because they see that the positives outweigh the negatives. 

You're right, they're looking t it from the business aspect.

I prefer to look at it from the competitive side.

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55 minutes ago, Casimir said:

You're right, they're looking t it from the business aspect.

I prefer to look at it from the competitive side.

Everybody knows it's a business and everything the owners do is to make more money. Why is baseball the only form of entertainment where fans are supposed to care how much money owners make?   If I say a movie sucks, nobody ever tells me that they made the movie that way because it was more lucrative.  So, shut the **** up and enjoy it.  Same thing with music or almost any kind of entertainment.  Nobody every tells me I should like things based on how money they gross.  That only happens in baseball.     

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It does kind of make 162 games about as meaningless as anything that has ever existed in sports history.  You are going to see pitchers make a lot less starts over the course of the year.  Players are going to be sitting a lot.  Why would you keep your regulars out there when it doesn't really matter?  Pennant races are going to be nonexistent.  In the future worrying which  bad teams creep into the #8 spot really won't be that interesting.  The Rangers at 78-84 would have made the playoffs and they were 5.5 games ahead of the #9 team.

I remember when hockey had 21 teams and 16 of them made the playoffs.  That was about as stupid as anything ever.

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11 hours ago, tiger337 said:

Everybody knows it's a business and everything the owners do is to make more money. Why is baseball the only form of entertainment where fans are supposed to care how much money owners make?   If I say a movie sucks, nobody ever tells me that they made the movie that way because it was more lucrative.  So, shut the **** up and enjoy it.  Same thing with music or almost any kind of entertainment.  Nobody every tells me I should like things based on how money they gross.  That only happens in baseball.     

Yeah, is there some sort of profit sharing plan with the fans that I missed out on?

When Appalachian State upset Michigan in Ann Arbor many moons ago, it was still good for Michigan because it was a home date that made money for the athletic department, right?

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NHL fans of a certain age will remember a 6 team league in which 4 made the playoffs (translation:  Boston and New York didn't make the playoffs).  The regular season was still interesting and exciting, but for different reasons.  In a league that small with about 108 players in total, you knew every player, his home town, and you recognized him facially because they played without helmets.  The 4 teams that were good every year all had rivalries with all the other good teams.  Every team had good players (even the Bruins and the Rangers had a couple) and every game was meaningful.

That is hard to duplicate with 32 teams, but I don't think that adding more play-off teams will make the regular season less interesting.  To me, it is not that interesting even now, because there are so many teams.  There aren't enough good players.  I can name every player on the team that I follow, but not too many others.  I'm happier if it is a good team, but I won't stop following if it is a bad team.  If a couple of additional teams make the playoffs, I guess that will increase fan interest in the marginal teams that get in under the new format.  It won't do anything to diminish my interest, but my interest has already been diminished by other factors - the number of teams, and the juiced ball.

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13 hours ago, Casimir said:

I don't think smaller markets have anything to do with it.  It has more to do with playoff revenue.

Even so, I don't see the need to copy what other leagues are doing just because that's what they are doing.

"You are making more money than we are, but I don't see any need to copy you."

Yeah, that makes sense. 

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12 hours ago, tiger337 said:

Everybody knows it's a business and everything the owners do is to make more money. Why is baseball the only form of entertainment where fans are supposed to care how much money owners make?   If I say a movie sucks, nobody ever tells me that they made the movie that way because it was more lucrative.  So, shut the **** up and enjoy it.  Same thing with music or almost any kind of entertainment.  Nobody every tells me I should like things based on how money they gross.  That only happens in baseball.     

Actually, I see that argument a lot, especially with the new Star Wars trilogy.  They made a ton of money, therefore we should like it.  

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30 minutes ago, Charles Liston said:

NHL fans of a certain age will remember a 6 team league in which 4 made the playoffs (translation:  Boston and New York didn't make the playoffs).  The regular season was still interesting and exciting, but for different reasons.  In a league that small with about 108 players in total, you knew every player, his home town, and you recognized him facially because they played without helmets.  The 4 teams that were good every year all had rivalries with all the other good teams.  Every team had good players (even the Bruins and the Rangers had a couple) and every game was meaningful.

That is hard to duplicate with 32 teams, but I don't think that adding more play-off teams will make the regular season less interesting.  To me, it is not that interesting even now, because there are so many teams.  There aren't enough good players.  I can name every player on the team that I follow, but not too many others.  I'm happier if it is a good team, but I won't stop following if it is a bad team.  If a couple of additional teams make the playoffs, I guess that will increase fan interest in the marginal teams that get in under the new format.  It won't do anything to diminish my interest, but my interest has already been diminished by other factors - the number of teams, and the juiced ball.

Strangest thing about the 6-team NHL was not only that they’d play 68 games to eliminate just 2 teams, but that that playoff matchups would usually be #1 vs #3 and #2 vs #4. Incidentally: in magazines from the ‘40s and ‘50s you’ll often see the team atop the standings after the regular season referred to as “the NHL champion”

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29 minutes ago, lordstanley said:

Strangest thing about the 6-team NHL was not only that they’d play 68 games to eliminate just 2 teams, but that that playoff matchups would usually be #1 vs #3 and #2 vs #4. Incidentally: in magazines from the ‘40s and ‘50s you’ll often see the team atop the standings after the regular season referred to as “the NHL champion”

You're right, I'd forgotten the 1 vs. 3.  That always seemed odd.

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2 hours ago, bobrob2004 said:

Actually, I see that argument a lot, especially with the new Star Wars trilogy.  They made a ton of money, therefore we should like it.  

Oh, boo hoo. Someone said you should like the movies. You should like them because they're entertaining. 

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2 hours ago, lordstanley said:

Strangest thing about the 6-team NHL was not only that they’d play 68 games to eliminate just 2 teams, but that that playoff matchups would usually be #1 vs #3 and #2 vs #4. Incidentally: in magazines from the ‘40s and ‘50s you’ll often see the team atop the standings after the regular season referred to as “the NHL champion”

I've noticed that in the NHL and NBA histories on their sports reference pages, but never did figure out why those match ups were made.

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