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Seriously, get a tin foil hat.
They added the 5th wild card team because it was the best solution they could come up with to prevent teams from coasting into the playoffs.
And again opposing something because it creates revenue isn't a legitimate argument.
Ha. No, they did it to add revenue. Millions in gate receipts, many more millions in TV revenue.
The argument for the extra wild card game is that it creates more of an incentive for teams to win the division.
65% of the gate receipt of a one game playoff goes to the players. It's not that much money for the teams, and again, it's just one game. It is not all about the money, to think that, is conspiracy nutters.
It is not all about the money, to think that, is conspiracy nutters.
So, for owners, there is money to be made even if your club were to get swept in a given postseason series, but they reap even greater rewards if a series goes beyond the minimum, not just because of the extra games, but because the two teams get 100% of the gate after the Commissioner's Office takes their slice off the top.
Once you started allowing multiple divisions, wild cards, weaker teams were always going to get into the playoffs.
Video or board?
When your mediocre team squeaks by and wins a championship, it is an affront to God, motherhood and apple pie. When my mediocre team wins a title, however, it's proof they are scrappy and resilient and morally superior (as am I, of course).
I say again, the extra round is in there, by design and Bud's own words, to maintain late season interest for more clubs. It may well do what you claim as well, but that is not why it was added.
The Giants - NY, not SF - not only were a mere 9-7, they were outscored by their opponents in the regular season and won the Super Bowl anyway last year.
Actually it's complicated, and we haven't seen all its implications yet, have we?
I don't mean this to taunt Texas fans, but we saw this year that losing the West late really hurt Texas--put them in the play-in game, and they lost.
The Rangers' season would have turned out exactly the same under last year's playoff format. Exactly.
I'm sure Tony LaRussa's already thought of some way a team will someday be forced to throw a game to make the postseason :)
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