No money there. Portland and Seattle = $$$.
Seattle is about to welcome their NBA team back. I can't remember any city getting NBA and NHL teams in a short period of time. They have to make sure the NBA can work there again first.
Portland is a maybe as well.
Doesn't having 7 and 8 team divisons sound like a step backwards? This is like the 1950's when Baseball had 8 team American and National Leagues.
Just wait for the outcry when there's teams that miss the playoffs in one division with better records over teams with worse records in weaker divisions. I still don't understand what's wrong with the current set up. I'm not a fan of 16 teams making the playoffs, but at least with 3 division in each conference you get the 8 best teams in each conference making the playoffs. The only downside is the 3rd seed may have less points then teams seeded 4-8, but it's not that big of a deal.
You still have 9 seeds missing the playoffs with better records than a 7 seed in the other Conference. That argument will always exist, until you get rid of the conference system altogether, and reseed everyone once the playoffs begin.
Because of travel issues, that will unlikely happen. I wouldn't mind seeing a 2-3-2 format, which can eliminate those travel concerns, though.
Edited by GMRwings1983, 26 February 2013 - 05:16 PM.
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