Wait Till Next Year

Over on Fox.com, Ken Rosenthal has a look at all of the calculations and discussions going into expanding the playoffs this season.  To sum it up, it is possible, but the calendar is a huge problem.

The regular season is slated to end Wednesday, October 3rd and the World Series is to begin Wednesday, October 24th.  Since the Divisional Series theoretically could take 7 days and the Championship Series 9, you only about four days to play with right now.  And this assumes that the weather cooperates.  It doesn’t seem fair to me to create the potential for the scenario Rosenthal mentions where a team plays a night game on the 3rd, has to fly to play a tiebreaker on the 4th, fly to play a wild card game on the 5th and start the DS on the 7th.  Obviously, the tiebreaker is a long shot, but even without that a team in the wild card would be severely penalized this year because they would get either zero or one days off before the start of the Division Series.

Better to hold off on this expansion of the playoffs until 2013 when they can set the schedule to accommodate it.  I am all for this expansion, but only at a pace that makes sense.

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  • blmeanie  On January 30, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    expand the number of planned double headers in the season, free up days, oh yeah, the schedule is done…hence don’t do it this year if the schedule is done, plan (PLAN) for something ahead of time Bud…

  • blmeanie  On January 30, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    forgot to say…where are the superbowl discussions?

  • nysportsfanatic  On January 30, 2012 at 8:48 pm


    I’m going to get there, figured we have more than enough hype from the media so I thought I would wait until Thursday to start posting about it.

    But, feel free to kick off a discussion if you want.

  • blmeanie  On January 30, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    ok, but let me get caught up with what two teams are playing this year first …

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