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  1. I can tell you the American was much better than the ACC last year. A huge reason I'm bitter about OSU's loss to Clemson is that Clemson was the only truly good team the ACC officially had (compared to the bulk of good teams in the Big Ten), but I count Notre Dame too, they went 11-2. But because ND is technically not in ACC football, the Orange Bowl spot went to a Virginia team that lost to both ND and Clemson (the latter in a blowout in the ACC title game), which I also objected to. We were one season away from not having a team ranked below #20 in the final CFP poll make it to a NY6 game in this bowl cycle, but because of a technicality Virginia ruined that. And because of the American not being classified as a power conference only Memphis got to go to a NY6 game. Because the American had so many good teams, I think as long as they keep their current membership intact they should be promoted from the G5 (which would then become the G4) to the P5 (which becomes the P6 as the American had promoted for some time). The American champ would get an autobid to either the Peach Bowl if the champion is an Eastern time team or the Cotton Bowl if a Central time team, except in years where the Peach Bowl is a semifinal in which case Cotton Bowl regardless of time zone (during these years, there would be no true at-large team, as the Cotton Bowl would have to host the highest ranked G4 champion).
  2. There have been numerous proposals to expand the College Football Playoff to 8 teams. I have one that is probably the most creative. My proposal takes the 4 best teams from outside the South, and seeds them in the "Blue" bracket. The four best teams in the South would be seeded in the "Gray" bracket. All regional semifinal games would be held on campus if the stadium meets capacity requirements, or if not, the closest stadium that does. Each of the NY6 bowls would take turns being the "Blue" final and the "Gray" final Under my proposed format, the Blue semifinals would have been Penn State at Ohio State, and Wisconsin VS. Oregon at CenturyLink Field. The Gray semifinals would be Georgia at LSU (their second consecutive meeting in 2019) and Oklahoma at Clemson. This format not only guarantees a non-Southern team in the CFP title game, it also ends the possibility of an atrocity like the 2017 season, in which all the CFP participants came from the South. It doesn't guarantee the top 8 teams would be in (for instance #7 Baylor would have been excluded in favor of #10 Penn State due to the limit of four Southern teams in the playoff) but it would be an interesting idea to implement beginning in 2026.
  3. ...there's gonna be a few Southern teams playing up north while it's really cold. And they will have no choice in the matter. This could open the door for more such games, but played in November.
  4. ESPN going with new MNF crew

    I could see ABC getting half of the TNF package in a few years, Fox having the other half. Thing is new carriage contracts for the NFL Network would need to be signed that would allow all TNF package games to be simulcast on an over-the-air network. I think the NFL will do this because they'll realize that most of the NFLN-exclusive games feature teams that did poorly the previous season, and they don't want to be seen as punishing these teams for poor performance. Like for instance the Browns. Ever since the NFL began simulcasting some of the TNF package on a broadcast network in 2014, they have only appeared in 1 TNF game aired on a broadcast network nationwide. It was last year, and they regressed last year. Because they once again failed to improve in consecutive seasons, their TNF game is an NFLN exclusive this year. And I feel if the Browns underperform again, Mayfield will get the boot. If that happens, maybe they could go for Trevor Lawrence even if they have to trade up to get him (which would give him a chance to redeem himself in my eyes for beating both of my favorite CFB teams in the playoff in consecutive years).
  5. NFL Releases Sept Schedule

    Would it have killed the league to schedule anything BUT a division rivalry Thanksgiving night? Putting only division rivalries limits the opportunity to see more interesting games in that slot. And they didn't even give the Rams a home game in that slot. They blew a huge opportunity to end the longest active Thanksgiving drought. 2016-19 I understand because of using USC's stadium. But there was no excuse this time.
  6. BYU, Houston, SMU, South Florida, Memphis, and Temple. At the same time I have Oklahoma and Oklahoma State joining the SEC. While there has been talk of them joining the Pac-12, the SEC is a better geographic fit for them than the Pac-12.
  7. In my realignment projections I have both of these schools among others as joining the Big 12.
  8. First, with the expansion to 17, there will probably be a neutral-site game for every team. When the time to expand to 18 regular season games comes, I could see 2 neutral site games for every team, as well as making the following geographic rivalries that are not divisional a permanent part of the regular season: Arizona-Denver Arizona-Las Vegas Baltimore-Philadelphia Baltimore-Washington Chicago-Indianapolis Cincinnati-Indianapolis Dallas-Houston Jacksonville-Miami Jacksonville-Tampa Bay LA Chargers-LA Rams LA Chargers-San Francisco Miami-Tampa Bay NY Giants-NY Jets Philadelphia-Pittsburgh
  9. The Bills Toronto Series ended a few years back in part because those in Buffalo did not like losing a home game each year. However, the NFL is planning to expand to a 17-game regular season, where all teams would keep their 8 home and 8 road games, and play in one neutral-site game. This could be the impetus for the Bills Toronto Series to return, but only during the regular season. It would officially be a neutral-site game, but in practice it would be a home game for the Bills. Since plans to lock Rogers Centre in its baseball configuration permanently have apparently been abandoned (as well as plans to convert to a natural grass surface, which were tied into that), this would be possible.
  10. ...the Seahawks could now definitely look at playing a game in Vancouver without giving up one at CenturyLink Field. It would be considered a neutral-site game by the NFL (as part of an initiative for every team to play a neutral-site game, whether it is in or outside the United States), but for all intents and purposes it would be a Seahawks home game due to the large amount of fans the team has in BC. It would probably have to be after the CFL season concludes.
  11. XFL Is No Longer Planning on Returning 2021

    My heart aches for the people of St. Louis Maybe the NFL should launch a farm league with the Chiefs having their affiliate in STL.
  12. Time travel: Stopping your team

    I would stop the Browns from picking Kellen Winslow Jr. (who never played a professional postseason game unlike his father and despite playing in three BCS games including two title games) and have them pick Big Ben instead. Ironically, he played for a team that while eligible to appear in a BCS game, was not picked for it (they would have automatically qualified under post-2005 rules).
  13. Adding an 8th seed to each conference as early as 2031 would theoretically level the playing field. That would happen because all teams would play in the first round, and no rest advantage is given to any team. It would also lead possibly to the involvement of CBS Sports Network and Fox Sports 1 in televising the NFL playoffs. In the first round, the 1 PM slots on each day would feature regional coverage on CBS and Fox of 2 AFC and NFC games, respectively. The 1 PM game not airing locally on the CBS or Fox affiliate would be carried in that market on CBS Sports Network or Fox Sports 1. Local markets would most likely choose the game involving a team of local interest, including inevitably the primary markets. Say you're a Packers fan, and the Packers are playing in the 1 PM regional slot, but your Fox affiliate chose to air the game NOT involving the Packers. What do you do? If you have cable, satellite, or something like Hulu Live TV, you tune in to Fox Sports 1 to watch the Packers game. This is called a "reverse mirror". This is something I want the NFL to implement in the next TV contract. It would first be used to carry additional Sunday afternoon CBS and Fox games to local markets using CBSSN and FS1, like in markets which have substantial fan bases for multiple teams. Youngstown, a secondary market for both the Browns and Steelers, would be guaranteed to see all games from both teams locally through the reverse mirror where applicable. The reverse mirror could also expand the distribution of a timeslot's best games beyond markets it is airing on CBS or Fox. Because not all markets would get the same game through reverse mirror (unless a 4:25 DH slot had only 2 games), Sunday Ticket would still be required for those who want to watch a particular game but it is not airing on CBS, Fox, CBSSN, or FS1 in their local market. In some markets, a CBS or Fox station could allow viewers to vote for the NFL games they want shown through reverse mirror. The implementation of the reverse mirror avoids the NFL having to play playoff games on days other than Saturday or Sunday, while still having all games televised nationally.
  14. For the record, winning your division would mean something. It's called making the playoffs. And in pro sports, seeding just by record would be much better than if the way the NCAA seeded teams in March Madness were used.
  15. I also made a mistake in my last post. The Chargers and Chiefs had the best record in the conference, not the whole league, in 2018.
  16. I feel the best four teams in a conference, regardless of where they placed in their divisions, are the teams that should be hosting first round games. The 2018 Chargers were hurt in part because despite being tied for the best record in the league, the fact they lost a tie-breaker to Kansas City kept them from having a home game in the playoffs. Though they managed to win their first-round game against Baltimore, they could not get a win in Foxboro. I feel that the two best teams in each conference, regardless of division placement, should have a good chance of meeting in the CCG. Even if both teams are from the same division. The NBA stopped giving division winners a top 4 seed for good reason. In 2019, Orlando won the Southeast Division of the NBA with a 42-40 record. Under the previous system, they would have gotten the #4 seed, but the NBA started using records to determine home-court advantage for a series well before stripping the top 4 seed guarantee from division winners. Orlando got a #7 seed, and rightfully so. MLB had something like this happen 5 years ago. The three best teams in the NL all came from the Central: St. Louis, Pittsburgh and Chicago. Because of MLB rules, the latter two didn't have a bye to the NLDS. They had to play in the Wild Card game, which the Cubs won. Meanwhile the Dodgers and Mets got to avoid the NL Central until the NLCS, because the Cubs had to play the Cardinals in the NLDS. The Mets won the NLCS, which irked me as a Yankees fan because the Yankees failed to score in the Wild Card game, which was played against a team that eventually cheated (you know who it is). The Yankees were victims themselves of a similar situation three years before. The Tigers had the worst record of all playoff teams, but they got to skip the Wild Card game because they won the AL Central. They went on to sweep the Yankees in the ALCS. Had teams been seeded by record, Detroit would have likely lost the AL Wild Card game to Baltimore. The NBA began fixing the playoff seeding system after an atrocity in 2006 where half the Western Playoff teams could avoid the two best teams in the West, Dallas and San Antonio, until the Conference Finals, because those teams were #1 and #4 and could only meet in the conference semis. This alone should set a precedent for MLB and the NFL to fix their seeding systems. Division winners don't always deserve seeding priority. I feel the best 2 teams in a conference (league in baseball) should always have the opportunity to meet in the conference final/LCS. I'm even proposing some changes in the NHL. I expected the NHL several years ago to add two teams in the Central Time Zone to the Central Division so that the Colorado Avalanche could be moved into the Pacific. The NHL's expansion went the other way, adding Las Vegas and Seattle, which are in the Pacific Time Zone. The NHL plans to move the Arizona Coyotes to the Central, a plan I am not a fan of because not only is Phoenix closer to the Pacific Time Zone than the Central, during Daylight Savings Time it is effectively in the Pacific Time Zone, because most of Arizona, nominally in the Mountain Time Zone, does not observe Daylight Savings Time - which would for parts of the season, make the Central Division a 3-time zone division, the very thing the NHL wanted to eliminate in the 2013 realignment. So, I'm proposing a 6-division split to go along with Seattle's establishment. In the West, the Northwest Division would be re-formed with the three western-most Canadian teams, Colorado, and Seattle. The Pacific Division would consist of the California and desert teams. The Central Division is rebranded the Midwest Division, so that its name could be assigned to a new division in the Eastern Conference, consisting of the Eastern teams in the Midwest and Southeast. The Atlantic Division returns to the Northeast Division name, and Metropolitan, now solely consisting of former Patrick Division members, returns to the Atlantic name. Under my proposed playoff system, the three division winners in each conference plus the 5 best remaining teams in each conference get in, but like the NBA, division winners would not get seeding priority.
  17. Owners and players would not go for that. My proposals to eventually expand to 16 playoff teams and to not guarantee top 4 seeds for division winners are sufficient enough to get many good teams into the playoffs. The NBA no longer guarantees top 4 seeds for its division winners, and that format has worked out quite well for that league. It's time other sports leagues take the same approach to seeding as the NBA. I'm even advocating a change to the NBA playoff format which puts the top 16 teams in the league in the playoffs but still nominally divides them by conference. If a conference has 9 or more teams in the top 16, those ranked below #8 in the conference get sent to the other conference's playoffs and are seeded accordingly. A team which finishes 48-34 in the NBA but is #9 in their conference would still get into the playoffs but participate in the other conference's bracket.
  18. Which is why I want an expansion to 16 teams down the road, as soon as 2031 maybe. And seeding should be drastically altered so that division winners aren't guaranteed a top 4 seed. Philadelphia last year is an example of a division winner that would have opened the playoffs on the road despite winning their division because they went 9-7 last year, while two wild card teams had better records. Under my system, Philadelphia would have only been a #7 seed, losing a tie-breaker for #6 to the Rams, thus the Eagles, despite winning the NFC East, would have opened the playoffs in Green Bay. By removing the top 4 guarantee from division winners, it would make teams compete harder to earn a particular seed.
  19. The NFL begins its next TV contracts in 3 years. Here are the changes I am proposing: CBS Retains its package of mostly AFC road games on Sunday afternoons (and one on Thanksgiving afternoon) and some of the AFC playoffs, but now additional CBS games can be distributed to local markets via CBS Sports Network (this is called a "reverse mirror"). If NFL expands playoffs to 16 teams down the road, the "reverse mirror" would be used to distribute 2 simultaneous first-round playoff games nationally with local CBS stations airing the game they are most interested in (including the home markets of the participating teams), and the other game airing on CBSSN. Fox Retains its package of mostly NFC road games on Sunday afternoons (and one on Thanksgiving afternoon). The "reverse mirror" described above would also apply to Fox games, using Fox Sports 1 as the cable partner, including when 2 first-round playoff games are being played simultaneously. CBS and Fox would have their playoff "reverse mirrors" in the early afternoon slot, alternating which days they have them (Saturday or Sunday) every year. International Series International series games would air exclusively on ABC and ESPN. ABC would have the broadcast rights to games played in Europe (right now limited to London) for airing on Sunday mornings at 9:30 AM ET leading into the regular Sunday coverage on CBS and Fox. This also avoids a situation where if CBS or Fox aired a London game to lead into their regular games, the ending of the London game overlaps with the start of 1 PM games (like with Redskins-Bengals a few years ago). ABC also would have the rights to potential games played across the Pacific (including in Australia, China and Japan) where the games would air at 10 PM ET Friday nights, which would be allowable since the games aren't held in the US and thus would not harm high school FB attendance (a 10 PM ET start would be early afternoon Saturday in the host country). ESPN would have rights to games played in the Americas outside the US as part of their Monday Night Football package, though in some cities games would have to start earlier than 8:15 PM ET because these cities are 1 or 2 hours ahead of NYC. Thursday Night Football The NFL should negotiate new carriage contracts for NFL Network that would allow all of the TNF package games to be simulcast nationally on a broadcast network. They way things are now, usually only teams who do good the previous year get to be seen on a Fox-aired TNF game, while teams who don't do good get relegated to an NFLN-exclusive game which I see as punishing these teams for poor performance. Also, with the new carriage contracts in place, the TNF package would be split between Fox and ABC, with Fox airing Thursday games mostly in the first half of the season, and ABC airing them in the second half. Non-Thursday games later in the season (like Christmas games) would be split between Fox and ABC, but the ultimate goal would be for Fox and ABC to have exactly half of the TNF package including non-Thursday games. If Christmas Eve falls on a Thursday, ABC would defer the TNF game that week to Christmas night on Friday to serve as lead-out programming for their NBA doubleheader, as well as avoiding Christmas Eve night. Postseason Before the current deal ends, I expect that broadcast rights to Super Bowls 55 and 58 be swapped between CBS and NBC, as it is likely that the NCAA March Madness TV contract will be altered to give TBS the Final Four in odd years and CBS in even years, so that CBS can still have a Super Bowl and the Final Four in the same calendar year. CBS will always have rights to half of the AFC playoff games in the first two rounds and the AFC title game, and Fox likewise for the NFC. As mentioned above, in the first round after a potential expansion to a 16-team playoff, the early afternoon slots would be "reverse mirror" slots in which CBS and Fox use their partner cable sports networks to distribute the first-round playoff game that is not airing locally on the broadcast station. The networks would alternate the early and late afternoon slots on Saturday and Sunday of the first round every year, as well as the early and late slots on Divisional Sunday and Conference Championship Sunday. Currently, the first round falls during the same weekend as NBC's coverage of the Golden Globes. As it is likely the NFL will go to a 17-game, 19-week regular season, this would no longer be the case for 2021 and beyond. ABC (now televising their playoff games by themselves) and NBC would alternate both timeslots on Divisional Saturday; because of the desire to see each conference have 2 games on each day in the first round, ABC would have the Saturday night slot in the first round every year, and NBC the Sunday night slot. In years where ABC has rights to half of the first two rounds of the AFC playoffs, NBC will have NFC rights, and vice versa, alternating every year. After Super Bowl 55, I expect the Super Bowl rotation, which now adds ABC, will go like this: NBC, then Fox, then CBS, then ABC. With the change in Final Four rotation, this would allow CBS to have all their Super Bowls in calendar years they have the Final Four, and NBC would have all their Super Bowls in calendar years they have the Winter Olympics. The Pro Bowl would likewise be exclusive to ABC. Sunday Ticket I am expecting that laws will change that will force the NFL to end its exclusive relationship with DirecTV for Sunday Ticket, and make the package available to other pay-TV providers, including OTT services like Hulu Live TV and YouTube TV which I expect will offer other out-of-market sports packages in the future too.
  20. Changes in NFL TV rights come 2023

    In some years, a Saturday night game in Week 17 will go up against the College Football Playoff or a non-semifinal Sugar Bowl. Thus, Week 17 games on Saturday night would air on Fox.
  21. Dayton finished #3 in the AP Poll. I think Dayton to the Big East isn't a matter of "if", but rather, "when". I'm sure Xavier would love to have their biggest rivals be conference mates again.
  22. Changes in NFL TV rights come 2023

    Logistics wouldn't allow it. Back in 1985, when there was only one wild card game in each conference, both the Giants and Jets needed Giants Stadium for hosting their wild card games. Normally both wild card games would have been played on Sunday. But because both games were in the same venue, they had to be played on separate days.
  23. Changes in NFL TV rights come 2023

    More Thursday Night Football Details The TNF package is 18 games. Fox and ABC would each get 9, 8 on Thursdays and 1 on Saturday night during Weeks 17 and 18. Fox would get the first 8 Thursday nights after the kickoff game, and ABC would get the next 8 non-Thanksgiving Thursday nights. As I am also proposing ABC get the rights to the CFP and NY6 starting 2026, the week 17 and 18 Saturday night assignments would, starting in 2026, be determined based on when ABC needs the last Saturday in December for the CFP, in years the semifinals are not the Rose and Sugar Bowls (which are always played New Years Day, regardless of being a semifinal or not). There would continue not to be TNF package games during the final week of the season, now week 19, as all games that week are played on Sundays. Furthermore, the new TV contracts would be structured so that Saturdays in weeks 17 and 18 are the only Saturdays exclusive to the TNF package, as these games would be played no earlier than December 25 in a given year, allowing the move of an NBC or ESPN game to Saturday night in years December 24 is Sunday and Monday, respectively. In years where Christmas Day falls on a Sunday, that would fall during week 16, where there would now only be a Thursday game in the TNF package that week. The regular Sunday afternoon games are moved to Christmas Eve Saturday as is usually the case, and one game, a Sunday Night game on NBC, is played on Christmas Day. In years where Christmas Eve falls on a Thursday, New Year's Eve is also on a Thursday. The TNF game that would air on ABC that night is instead deferred to the following Saturday night, with Fox airing a late-afternoon game, so that ABC can air special New Years Eve programming.
  24. Overall I'm disappointed that Brady won't be setting a pro football record for most seasons played with one team. Stephen Gostkowski, the Patriots' PK, could potentially set this record if he stays healthy long enough and remains with the Patriots throughout. He's played at least four games each year since his rookie year in 2006. Only twice has a season been cut short by injuries for him, including last year. If Gostkowski is to set this record of 22 seasons with one team, he needs to remain active on the Patriots through the 2027 season, by the end of which he would almost be 44 years old. Most players that play well into their 40s are kicking specialists and long-snappers. Very few "position players", like QBs and WRs, play several years into their 40s, Tom Brady would be 43 next year should he choose to play another season.
  25. Tom Brady Announces He's Leaving New England

    If the Pats don't pick a QB, I could see them trading for Cam Newton.