As a common rule in life, I don't like change. I don't get too removed from my favourite factor on the restaurant menu. Often, I get a rental automobile that’s the identical model because the automobile I’ve.
And I don't respect that my NFL playoffs have been affected.
the– one which appears prone to occur as quickly as this new CBA is remembered – will not be one that may help.
The league plans so as to add a seventh postseason group for every convention that begins within the 2020 season. It’ll additionally eradicate the goodbye of the primary spherical of each second seed, which signifies that solely the group with the very best file within the convention (together with playoffs) essential) would be the solely group in that convention sitting at residence within the Wild-Card Weekend.
Whereas this won’t add any weekend to the postseason calendar, one thing for which we’re all grateful, it’ll introduce (extra) mediocrity right into a postseason that needs to be reserved for the very best.
The NFL postseason has been good for me. And for the reason that magical Baltimore Ravens ran after the 2012 season, no group from any of the conferences has reached the Tremendous Bowl with out being one of many two finest. Clearly, being one of many first two locations signifies that you spent 4 months or so proving that you’re among the many finest within the league, however with the ability to save your physique from a recreation greater than your opponent appears to be a fabric benefit.
If this rule had been in power earlier than this season, not solely would Steelers Eight-Eight enter the playoffs, however the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs would have obtained them within the Wild-Card Weekend. It will have been a recreation with no objective (properly, the aim would have been to win extra money) that may have solely unnecessarily endangered a reputable group competing within the Tremendous Bowl and its quarterback in opposition to the NFL.
So, if all the pieces occurred the identical, if Kansas Metropolis and San Francisco have been nonetheless in South Florida for Tremendous Bowl LIV, it appears to me that the Niners would have had a transparent benefit of getting performed a much less postseason recreation.
And then you definately say: "So what? This makes successful the common season way more essential!" And sure, clearly it does. Including a recreation quantity 17 to the calendar, which most likely wouldn't happen till at the very least 2021, makes the season longer and extra aggressive, since 44% of the league competes for a postseason spot.
The margins all through the league are very skinny. In my view, on the prime of the league yearly, the margins are imperceptible. Giving a single group from every convention the weekend off is an enormous benefit, particularly provided that the tie-breaker could be determined by the tie-breakers.
This doesn’t make the playoffs extra aggressive. Water the sphere. May seven seeds catch fireplace and run like a handful of six seeds in previous years? Completely. However the postseason needs to be an unique membership.
The rationale for the change is, after all, cash. The league is at all times on the lookout for new sources of earnings (however oddly it nonetheless leaves patches of jersey advertisements on the shelf), and a 17th common season recreation plus one other recreation in Wild-Card Weekend will make it. Contemplate additionally that the NFL is able to gather when the subsequent spherical of TV contracts ends after the 2022 season, and these regular will increase of $ 10 million within the wage cap of current years will quickly seem like simply over a yr – changes to inflation yr.
The change is upon us and, in the event you agree with me, there’s nothing that may be completed. I simply don't like to make things better that aren’t damaged, and that is how this proposed change feels.