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Instant replay is no longer allowed for any sports. The only camera angle used for broadcats will be the typical main one from the sidelines and endlines. Games can go back to "we got robbed" or "we got a break". This especially for baseball and football.

 

Poker shall never be on any sports tv channel ever again.

 

All the pointless talk shows will be off air and replaced with actual live sports taking place even if the sport is not "main stream" or show real journalism shows like OTL or E60 or show vintage style documentary shows

 

Have All Star weekend games for the NFL like longest field goal, fastest 40, one on one recieving, and others to be played in the stadium the day before the all star game

 

Eliminate the MLS superdraft

 

Have an NFL track meet where each team gets to send an athlete for the 100m, 110m hurdles, 200m, 400m 800m, mile, long jump, high jump, shot put, discus and javelin. As well as the 4x100 and 4x400 relay. An athlete can be in up to three events. The first day will be 4 prelim races/field events with the winner of each and the next four best overall moving on to the second day. It will also be scored like a track invite and the winning team will get an incentive I have yet to decide (better draft pick, host all star weekend, something like that)

 

Also have team scoring in the Olympics and world championships for track and field as well as allowing any group to be able to break a world record even if not all from the same country

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For college sports, instead of paying the athletes we'd just keep increasing the cost of higher education so that only the rich and athletically gifted can go to college in the first place, making the scholarship as valuable as a big paycheck.

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  • All sports:
    • Eliminate the National Anthem being played before every game.
    • Home jerseys and road jerseys for 90% of games (i.e., alternates only 10%, max) and 100% of postseason games.
    • No corporate logos on uniforms; not even manufacturer logos.
    • EDIT: Franchise lineages are protected.  No "leaving of histories".   (Thanks to @Ferdinand Cesarano for reminding me of this)
  • NFL:
    • Cooperate in efforts to get to the bottom of the CTE issue so informed participation can exist.  As a result, allow the game to change, even if it becomes less violent at the risk of losing the market share (possibly eliminating helmets).
    • Much more player-friendly contracts...MLB/NBA-like guaranteed money.
    • Eliminate the "emphasis" on landing on QBs.  It's not reasonable to ask a player to shift position of both bodies on the way down at game speed.
    • Eliminate the rule against intentional grounding...it would lead to fewer hits on the QB (and I've always wanted it to be legal, anyway, for a few reasons).
    • College rule for pass interference.
    • Add a college-like "targeting" rule that would see perpetrators suspended for the remainder of the half and the following half (be it this game or next).
    • If a team's "home" game is played in a neutral site (i.e., only 7 home games) then fans cannot be required to buy the pre-season games.  Actually, fans can never be required to by the preseason games.
    • No more Thursday Night games. 
    • Teams that play Thanksgiving will have their bye week the week before Thanksgiving.
    • Every team coming off of a bye week will play against a team coming off of a bye week.
  • MLB:
    • Eliminate the DH
    • Cut the regular season down to 154 games (since there is precedent).  End the season four games earlier, and allow for four more days off over the course of the season.
    • Go back to four-team-per league postseason.
    • Make interleague more like the NFL - play one division in the other league per year.  One three-game series per opponent either at home or on the road. For example, the Cubs and Twins play in Wrigley.  In three years, they'll play in Minnesota.  The interleague match-ups will be more "special" and won't have the Yankees play the Mets as much as they play some AL teams.
    • Make it illegal for a pitcher to warm up before the inning, only to be removed before the first batter (it's rare but the most annoying thing ever)
    • One catcher's visit per game per team
    • Eliminate one commercial per half-inning (9 minutes or so overall)
    • Batting helmets must always look like hard versions of the caps being worn that day.  If that reduces the number of caps, so be it.
    • Jackie Robinson day would be celebrated every year, but with a patch on the side of the cap, not every player wearing the same number with no name on back.
  • NBA: There either needs to be a way to address the superteam issue or about two-thirds of the teams need to be contracted.
    • I'm temped to just contract the two-thirds, but I'd explore how to address the superteam issue.
    • Cut the season to about 60 games played over roughly the same time period.
    • Go back to East vs. West in the All-Star Game.
  • NHL
    • Scrap the shootouts.  Allow ties in the regular season.
    • No video replay for off-sides.  If it was close enough for the official to miss than no competitive advantage existed.
    • Go back to East vs. West in the All-Star Game.

 

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All sports

 

Have all teams community owned. No more single-person ownership.

 

NFL

 

Kick Brady, Belichick and Ernie Adams out of the league. They cheated, and they got away with it. Also, force Kraft to give up his team, and take NE's SB titles away (they would also be banned from the HOF).

Reduce # of teams to 30 (contract Buffalo and Jacksonville). Go back to three divisions per conference.

No Pro Bowl (or All-Star games in any league)

Reduce # of games to 14 (with two bye weeks). Only have three pre-season games, and start the regular season in mid-August.

Get rid of Thursday and Sunday Night Football (Make Monday Night Football great again!) except for the season opener and Thanksgiving.

 

MLB

 

Reduce season to 100 games (starting in mid-April).

 

NBA

 

Reduce season to 50 games (starting in early November)

Reduce # of teams to 26 (contract Magic, Grizzlies, Kings, and Pelicans) and move the Thunder back to Seattle.

Go back to two divisions per conference.

 

NHL

 

Reduce season to 50 games (starting in early November)

Reduce # of teams to 27 (contract Coyotes, Blue Jackets, Hurricanes, and Panthers) and move the Vegas team to Quebec.

 

 

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OVERALL IN ALL NORTH AMERICAN SPORTS

  • No more national anthem before the game. (Thanks to @OnWis97 for reminding me of this.)
  • Franchise lineages are protected.  No "leaving of histories".  Each of the following is therefore recognised as a continuous franchise:

    - original Browns / Ravens
    - original Earthquakes / Dynamo
    - Baltimore Stallions / current Alouettes
    - original Hornets / Pelicans
    - Bobcats / current Hornets
    - SuperSonics / Thunder
    (If the NHL can get it right with the original Jets / Coyotes franchise and the Thrashers / current Jets franchise, then every league can do likewise.)
     
  • Drafts are declared illegal.  All players who are not currently under contract are free agents.
  • Instant replay is used in the style of the Arena Football League: the official who looks at the replay must explain exactly what he is looking for, and must give the basis for his final decision.
     


MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

  • An end to interleague play. 
  • A return to two divisions per league; at next expansion, go to four divisions per league.
  • Only divisional champions advance to the playoffs.
  • Wear your damn uniform correctly: show some sock, preferably stirrups.
  • Special permission required for jerseys of any colour other than white or grey. Permission is currently granted only to the Mets, A's, Mariners (green), and Blue Jays.  And only the A's may wear coloured jerseys at home.
  • No coloured jerseys are allowed in the post-season.
  • The DH is treated as a regular position; managers can switch players in and out of it during the game just as with any other position. Losing the DH in a game is not possible. The DH remains in use only in the American League.
  • All steroids and performance-enhancing drugs are legalised. Bonds, Clemens, Sosa, McGwire, and Palmeiro are put into the Hall of Fame by decree, and receive an official apology.
  • Pete Rose's punishment is considered finished. He is put into the Hall of Fame by decree, with no mention on his plaque of betting, as he has paid for it. 
  • Intentional walks must be done with pitched balls.
  • Rule change: a run that scores on a double play is considered an RBI.
  • Rosters increase to 30, with a maximum of 15 pitchers. A manager's decision to use a non-pitcher on the mound is subject to review by the league president.  Which reminds me:
  • Restore the league presidents.
     


NFL

  • Only divisional champions advance to the playoffs.
  • Rule change: no such thing as "offensive pass interference".
  • One team must wear white jerseys.
  • No monochrome uniforms (except for white).
  • Kickoff abolished; possessions begin with scrimmage from the 20-yard line.
  • A one-point rouge is awarded for a punt or a missed field goal that goes out of the end zone, or a punt that is not returned out of the end zone.
  • A one-yard gap is maintained between the offensive and defensive lines.
  • The three-point stance is outlawed.
  • Player contracts are guaranteed
  • Each team fields an Arena Football side in the off-season.  Each Arena team has the same name and the same uniform as its parent club, just as the Barcelona beach soccer team and the Chelsea women's team wear the same uniforms as the main club.



NBA

  • Rule change: no such thing as "offensive goaltending".
  • Fouled-out players can come back in overtime, and are allowed three fouls before fouling out again. Players with 4 or 5 fouls are considered to have 3.
  • Intentional fouling to stop the clock is outlawed. Violators are ejected.
  • An offensive player is allowed to throw elbows. (A defensive player who does not want to get hit by an elbow should just step the f back.)
  • White uniforms must be worn at home (except for the Lakers). Other exceptions may allowed upon request.
  • With the current divisional structure, the playoffs should include divisional champions and two wild cards per conference.  The wild cards play each other in a first-round series in each conference, while divisional champions get a bye.
  • After the next expansion, go to four 4-team divisions, and allow only divisional champions into the playoffs.



DIVISION I COLLEGE SPORTS

  • Get rid of it completely.  Professionalise the entire structure, severing all ties to universities.  Players are hired as employees, and are sold to NBA and NFL organisations.


 

NHL

  • Add one team and realign into four 4-team divisions per conference.  Only divisional champions advance to the playoffs.
  • Get teams out of the southern U.S. and the desert, and back to Canada and the northern U.S. where they belong.  Florida, Tampa Bay, Nashville, Dallas, Arizona, Las Vegas are replaced by Quebec City, Halifax, Regina, Hamilton, Hartford, Seattle.
  • White sweaters at home.

 


MLS

  • Single-entity structure is declared illegal.  Teams are spun off to independent owners; players are employed by teams rather than by the league.
  • Four divisions per conference. At the moment each of these divisions would contain only three teams. But as teams enter the league just about every year, these divisions will eventually grow to four teams a piece.  Only divisional champions advance to playoffs.
  • If the current alignment is maintained, the playoffs consist of three teams per conference: no. 3 visits no. 2; winner visits no. 1 for the conference championship.
  • All playoff matchups are single matches.  No more two-legged ties.



WORLD FOOTBALL

  • Inaugurate the tradition of league all-star teams. These teams eventually replace national teams in the Euros and the other continental competitions, and also in the World Cup.
     

 

INDOOR/ARENA SOCCER

  • Get rid of the walls and the six-a-side teams.  Play futsal, with five players per side.
     

 

ULTIMATE FRISBEE

  • Recognise this sport for the outstanding spectator experience that it is — better than basketball; and far, far better than hockey.  Show games every weekend on a major network.

 

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21 hours ago, neo_prankster said:

NHL

- Move the Coyotes, Panthers and Hurricanes to Kansas City, Seattle, Portland, Salt Lake, Quebec City, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, anywhere that'll better appreciate hockey.

- Islanders return to Uniondale ASAP.

 

MLS

- Crew stays in Columbus no matter the cost.

 

So... move some teams anywhere just for the hell of it, yet keep some where they are no matter what?  Yeah.  Okay.

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1 hour ago, Ferdinand Cesarano said:

NBA

  • Fouled-out players can come back in overtime, and are allowed three fouls before fouling out again. Players with 4 or 5 fouls are considered to have 3.
  • Intentional fouling to stop the clock is outlawed. Violators are ejected.

You have some stuff I agree with and some stuff I vehemently disagree with.  But in the NBA, you have some very intriguing stuff.

 

I like the idea of fouled-out players coming back in OT.  Foul-outs can be in part subject to ticky-tack calls and the degree to which officials are "letting them play."  I don't know that a player with four fouls should be in the same position as a fouled-out player though. I'd simplify it to "each new OT provides each player with one extra foul."

 

Intentionally fouling (along with timeout calling) down the stretch is one of the most agonizing things about basketball.  I've always wanted a way for the end of basketball games to go more quickly.  I watch more college and  I am of the opinion that they are given way, way too many timeouts.  Fouls are trickier.  When a player fouls to stop the clock and force free throws, you know why, I know why, the officials know why, and the players know why.  But it's hard to call it an intentional foul of a play for the ball is made.  In fact, a steal is the optimal outcome at that point, so it makes sense that players would be more aggressive in late-game situations when trailing.  I've never really been sure what to do about it.  Enable teams to decline the free throws and take the ball?  Three shots after one foul inside of two minutes?  I'm not really sure and it's not enjoyable to watch right now, but the intentional calls would be difficult to make.

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Eliminate offsides in soccer (MLS, worldwide, etc.).

 

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4 hours ago, Ferdinand Cesarano said:

OVERALL IN ALL NORTH AMERICAN SPORTS

  • No more national anthem before the game. (Thanks to @OnWis97 for reminding me of this.)
  • Franchise lineages are protected.  No "leaving of histories".  Each of the following is therefore recognised as a continuous franchise:

    - original Browns / Ravens
    - original Earthquakes / Dynamo
    - Baltimore Stallions / current Alouettes
    - original Hornets / Pelicans
    - Bobcats / current Hornets
    - SuperSonics / Thunder
    (If the NHL can get it right with the original Jets / Coyotes franchise and the Thrashers / current Jets franchise, then every league can do likewise.)
     
  • Drafts are declared illegal.  All players who are not currently under contract are free agents.
  • Instant replay is used in the style of the Arena Football League: the official who looks at the replay must explain exactly what he is looking for, and must give the basis for his final decision.
     


MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

  • An end to interleague play. 
  • A return to two divisions per league; at next expansion, go to four divisions per league.
  • Only divisional champions advance to the playoffs.
  • Wear your damn uniform correctly: show some sock, preferably stirrups.
  • Special permission required for jerseys of any colour other than white or grey. Permission is currently granted only to the Mets, A's, Mariners (green), and Blue Jays.  And only the A's may wear coloured jerseys at home.
  • No coloured jerseys are allowed in the post-season.
  • The DH is treated as a regular position; managers can switch players in and out of it during the game just as with any other position. Losing the DH in a game is not possible. The DH remains in use only in the American League.
  • All steroids and performance-enhancing drugs are legalised. Bonds, Clemens, Sosa, McGwire, and Palmeiro are put into the Hall of Fame by decree, and receive an official apology.
  • Pete Rose's punishment is considered finished. He is put into the Hall of Fame by decree, with no mention on his plaque of betting, as he has paid for it. 
  • Intentional walks must be done with pitched balls.
  • Rule change: a run that scores on a double play is considered an RBI.
  • Rosters increase to 30, with a maximum of 15 pitchers. A manager's decision to use a non-pitcher on the mound is subject to review by the league president.  Which reminds me:
  • Restore the league presidents.
     


NFL

  • Only divisional champions advance to the playoffs.
  • Rule change: no such thing as "offensive pass interference".
  • One team must wear white jerseys.
  • No monochrome uniforms (except for white).
  • Kickoff abolished; possessions begin with scrimmage from the 20-yard line.
  • A one-point rouge is awarded for a punt or a missed field goal that goes out of the end zone, or a punt that is not returned out of the end zone.
  • A one-yard gap is maintained between the offensive and defensive lines.
  • The three-point stance is outlawed.
  • Player contracts are guaranteed
  • Each team fields an Arena Football side in the off-season.  Each Arena team has the same name and the same uniform as its parent club, just as the Barcelona beach soccer team and the Chelsea women's team wear the same uniforms as the main club.



NBA

  • Rule change: no such thing as "offensive goaltending".
  • Fouled-out players can come back in overtime, and are allowed three fouls before fouling out again. Players with 4 or 5 fouls are considered to have 3.
  • Intentional fouling to stop the clock is outlawed. Violators are ejected.
  • An offensive player is allowed to throw elbows. (A defensive player who does not want to get hit by an elbow should just step the f back.)
  • White uniforms must be worn at home (except for the Lakers). Other exceptions may allowed upon request.
  • With the current divisional structure, the playoffs should include divisional champions and two wild cards per conference.  The wild cards play each other in a first-round series in each conference, while divisional champions get a bye.
  • After the next expansion, go to four 4-team divisions, and allow only divisional champions into the playoffs.



DIVISION I COLLEGE SPORTS

  • Get rid of it completely.  Professionalise the entire structure, severing all ties to universities.  Players are hired as employees, and are sold to NBA and NFL organisations.


 

NHL

  • Add one team and realign into four 4-team divisions per conference.  Only divisional champions advance to the playoffs.
  • Get teams out of the southern U.S. and the desert, and back to Canada and the northern U.S. where they belong.  Florida, Tampa Bay, Nashville, Dallas, Arizona, Las Vegas are replaced by Quebec City, Halifax, Regina, Hamilton, Hartford, Seattle.
  • White sweaters at home.

 


MLS

  • Single-entity structure is declared illegal.  Teams are spun off to independent owners; players are employed by teams rather than by the league.
  • Four divisions per conference. At the moment each of these divisions would contain only three teams. But as teams enter the league just about every year, these divisions will eventually grow to four teams a piece.  Only divisional champions advance to playoffs.
  • If the current alignment is maintained, the playoffs consist of three teams per conference: no. 3 visits no. 2; winner visits no. 1 for the conference championship.
  • All playoff matchups are single matches.  No more two-legged ties.



WORLD FOOTBALL

  • Inaugurate the tradition of league all-star teams. These teams eventually replace national teams in the Euros and the other continental competitions, and also in the World Cup.
     

 

INDOOR/ARENA SOCCER

  • Get rid of the walls and the six-a-side teams.  Play futsal, with five players per side.
     

 

ULTIMATE FRISBEE

  • Recognise this sport for the outstanding spectator experience that it is — better than basketball; and far, far better than hockey.  Show games every weekend on a major network.

 

A point on the NHL: you failed to mention Carolina to Milwaukee.

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59 minutes ago, verno said:

A point on the NHL: you failed to mention Carolina to Milwaukee.

Another NHL point/question: is Regina a viable relocation option? I'm thinking it has about 110,000 people and is rather remote. I will admit l am not familiar with their arena situation.

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Correcting wording.

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4 minutes ago, verno said:

Another NHL point/question: is Regina a viable relocation option? I'm thinking it has about 110,000 people and is rather remote. I will admit l am not familiar with their arena situation.

 

Regina's population is well over 200,000; and it is one of the fastest-growing cities in Canada.

The NHL once nearly moved a team (the Blues) to Saskatoon.  And Regina is less remote than that.

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1 minute ago, Ferdinand Cesarano said:

 

Regina's population is well over 200,000; and it is one of the fastest-growing cities in Canada.

The NHL once nearly moved a team (the Blues) to Saskatoon.  And Regina is less remote than that.

Oh wow, thanks for the information, learning is fun? l, like you, dislike seeing the NHL below the Sunbelt.

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Here are a few of my ideas:

 

Baseball

  • Tampa Bay Rays become Montreal Expos
  • Home field advantage in the world series decided by regular season record
  • Brewers make the mb logo and matching uniforms their standard set
  • Phillies return to maroon

Football

  • Add developmental league
  • Los Angeles Chargers become San Diego Chargers
  • Falcons switch to black home jerseys instead of red

Basketball

  • Experiment with playoff series length to take away from the predictability of the NBA
  • Cavaliers switch back to 83-87 jersey design but replace orange and blue with maroon and yellow

Hockey

  • Arizona Coyotes become Quebec Nordiques
  • Ducks return to Mighty Ducks era logos and uniforms
  • Flames remove black from color scheme
  • Oilers change home uniform to blue

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For NBA I would have teams wear a home and away jersey and one alternate if they choose and not have any more of teams wearing like 50 different jerseys a year

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Create an Olympic style game to be competed by the states. All 50 states plus washington DC and overseas territories are represented. All the same sports will be played and all the best athletes will be represented. Each state gets to send at least one participant to games even if the qualifying standard is not met and each state can have upto 4 participants in individual sports and only one for each team sport. A state is not required to put someone in an sport if they have no athletes. It will be open to professionals, not just amateurs. To compete for a state you must have been born there or lived there for at least 10 years or be a current resident. You must declare which state you are representing and only have one opportunity to change states if necessary (however you can not change back). I think it'd be a great way to create sometype of national competition and competitiveness and would just kinda be cool to see.

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On 10/19/2018 at 8:53 PM, BringBackTheVet said:

NFL:

  • Every announcer would be obligated to use the phrase "matriculate the ball" at least once per game.  
    • "The Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles are matriculating the ball at will on the LOL Giants."
    • "Adrian Peterson is terrible at being a parent and a human, but he's great at matriculating that ball down the field"
  • The Vince Lombardi trophy would be renamed the Doug Pederson trophy, because Vince Lombardi couldn't hold Pederson's jock strap, as proven by his inability to win the Super Bowl LII championship, which is something that Doug Pederson did.
  • THE MUTHAFUGGING GORILLA RULE!

Ronde already shut the vet down by marticulating the ball down the field after Donovan McNabb's McNabbing

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The simplest thing I'd do would be promtion/relegation throughout, especially the MLS (cuz soccer N europe) and the NBA (cuz the Eastern Conference might as well be a division 2), especially with lebron about to go sub .500 in LA

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DUI’s should be considered a breach of contract and potential cause for release, while a DUI that results in a fatality should result in a player/coach being banned until they undergo a recovery program and/or serve their sentence. If the perpetrating athlete also dies, they should receive a Damnatio memoriae (for non-Latin speakers, “Benoit-ing”). That means no memorial patches, no ceremonies, and no streets named after them.

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NBA

 

First round goes back to best-of-five

 

 

NFL

 

No more TNF games except for Opening Night and the Thursday in between games 2-3 of the World Series

No more Saturday night playoff games

Pro Bowl after the Super Bowl

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On 10/22/2018 at 12:55 PM, Ferdinand Cesarano said:
  • Only divisional champions advance to the playoffs.
  • Rule change: no such thing as "offensive pass interference".

1) In theory this is a good idea. The problem you can have teams that are clearly better than the division winner counterparts, not to mention only 16 games are played. I honestly like the current playoff system and wouldn't change it (baseball, however, I agree should be division winners only, maybe with one wild card). 

2) Disagree here. Offensive pass interference is rarely called and prevents the complete mauling of defenders in the secondary. If you get rid of offensive pass interference, you'd have to get rid of defensive PI as well. 

 

On 10/22/2018 at 12:55 PM, Ferdinand Cesarano said:

Special permission required for jerseys of any colour other than white or grey. Permission is currently granted only to the Mets, A's, Mariners (green), and Blue Jays.  And only the A's may wear coloured jerseys at home.

While I don't agree that there only be 4 alternates in all of MLB, I agree there should definitely be cutback. Get rid of holiday uniforms (4th of July, Fathers/Mothers day) and allow each teach to have an alternate and/or a throwback. 

 

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