The Gipper Posted March 16, 2010 Report Share Posted March 16, 2010 OK, sorry if I am going to diverge away from the constant din over the quarterbacks, but I have heard about this concept to bringing more "competitive balance" to teams in major leagues. Certain credit for this has to go to Howie Dog who first brought it to my attention as a possibility and also to a discussion that I heard on the radio this morning with Fay Vincent, former MLB commissioner, and that is to expand the NFL, and MLB (and possibly the NBA or NHL as well) in particular into a Two Tier League. This would create significant expansion of a sort to the major leagues, but hell, this is a big country, we can handle it. Example, in the NFL or MLB, you start out intially with the current 32 or 30 teams, which would be your Tier I league. But then you either form, or incorporate something like the UFL into say a 16 team Tier II league (these would not be "minor league teams per se). In football this Tier II could have teams initially in say, San Antonio, Las Vegas, Sacramento, Salt Lake, El Paso, Memphis, Oklahoma City, Raleigh-Durham, Louisville, Columbus, Norfolk, Birmingham, Portland, LA, San Jose, and Hartford. Then, what you do is you announce that say, in 2015 the NFL, or MLB is going to go to a system of "Relegation", that is, the two teams from the Tier I league that have performed the worst on the field over the last 2 seasons are going to be "relegated" to the Tier II league, and the two teams from the Tier II league that have performed the best over the previous two years are going to be "promoted" to the Tier I league. Each successive year then the worst 2 teams from the NFL/MLB/NBA would be relegated and the best from Tier II promoted. What would this accomplish? It would obviously create a major black mark on the team or teams relegated, thereby providing a disincentive to perform in a piss poor fashion. As you know now, some teams in the NFL/MLB/NBA exist only to make money. The AZ Cardinals were that way for years, the Lions seem to have been on that path. The Pittsburgh Pirates, the LA Clippers, etc. etc. Even now the Cleveland Indians ownership seems to only be interested in their bottom line and not the teams on field performance. This would force teams to try to win. It would especially stop the tanking of games that goes on in the NFL for the top draft pick...and especially the NBA (Hello Cleveland Cavs circa 2002 in the LeBron sweepstakes). If you were relegated, your drafting position would be put up somewhere near the middle of the draft instead of at the top. To me, as I said, it would force teams to try to succeed, AND it would create tremendous interest in the late season games of those teams that could be on the verge of relegation. Instead of going through the motions and attracting almost no fans, the teams would be forced to scratch and bite to stay out of the basement, and a lot of people would probably come to watch their games to show support. This idea comes from English soccer I believe, but somehow, I think it could work here. (Though, in reality, the owners of the major league teams would probably never consent to such an arrangement). But, could you see the Detroit Lions being subjected to being replaced by the Memphis Whatevers? Or...the Cleveland Indians being replaced by the Columbus Clippers? That would suck major. But it would force ownership to get off their lard asses and try to win. Let us know how you think such a system would work, or be received. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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