The Pointless Realignment Outpost

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With MLS looking to re-start their Reserves' League again, I figured I'd put together a plan for the future of the USL.




Birmingham Legion FC

Charleston Battery

Detroit City FC (From NISA)

Hartford Athletic

Indy Eleven

Louisville City FC

Memphis 901 FC

North Carolina FC

Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC

Queensboro FC (Planned 2022 Expansion)

Rhode Island United (Planned 2022 Expansion)

Tampa Bay Rowdies


Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC

El Paso Locomotive FC

FC Tulsa

Las Vegas Lights FC

New Mexico United

Oakland Roots SC (Planned 2021 Expansion)

Oklahoma City Energy FC

Orange County SC

Phoenix Rising FC

Reno 1868 FC

San Antonio FC

San Diego Loyal SC


League One


Buffalo Bruisers (Planned Championship Expansion)

Guardians FC (Expansion to Cleveland)

Long Island Rough Riders (Promotion from League Two)

Lord Baltimore SC (Expansion)

New Hampshire FC (Planned 2022 Expansion)

Ocean City Nor'Easters (Promotion from League Two)

Portland United (Planned Expansion)

Rochester Rhinos (Planned 2021 Expansion)


Chattanooga Red Wolves SC

Duval FC (Expansion to Jacksonville)

Greenville Triumph SC

Hampton Roads United (Expansion)

Miami FC (Self-Relegation from Championship)

Richmond Kickers

South Georgia Tormenta FC

West Virginia Alliance FC (Promotion from League Two)


Brazos Valley Cavalry FC (Promotion from League Two)

Corpus Christi FC (Promotion from League Two)

Des Moines Menace (Planned Championship Expansion)

Flint City Bucks (Promotion from League Two)

Forward Madison FC

Rio Grande Valley FC (Self-Relegation from Championship)

Union Omaha

Wichita Cowboys (Expansion)


Boise City FC (Expansion)

Ciudad Stockton FC (Expansion)

Emperors FC (Expansion to Inland Empire)

FC Tucson

San Francisco City FC (Promotion from League Two)

San Francisco Glens SC (Promotion from League Two)

Santa Cruz Breakers FC (Promotion from League Two)

Sporting Malibu (Fresno FC Relocation and Self-Relegation)


The Champion of League One gets promoted to the Championship, replacing the loser of a game between the last place teams in the Championship Divisions

Teams in the Championship will play a round-robin home and away against their division-mates and home or away vs the other division for 34 games

Teams in League One will play a round robin home & away against their division mates, home or away vs their conference, & home or away vs one other division for 30 games

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I read in my local paper's sports section that the schools that make up Division I want to realign. Well, here's an idea:


Take a page out of what the NAIA did - Create a 'Division 1A' and a 'Division 1B'


Certain sports would have this kind of division format. For example, this is how basketball would work...


Division 1A

-American Athletic Conference

-Atlantic Coast Conference

-Atlantic 10 Conference

-Big East Conference

-Big 12 Conference

-Big Ten Conference

-Conference USA

-Mid American Conference

-Missouri Valley Conference

-Mountain West Conference

-Pac 12 Conference

-Southeastern Conference

-Southern Conference

-The Summit League

-Sun Belt Conference

-West Coast Conference


Division 1B

-America East Conference

-Atlantic Sun Conference

-Big Sky Conference

-Big South Conference

-Big West Conference

-Colonial Athletic Association

-Horizon League

-Ivy League

-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference

-Mid Eastern Athletic Conference

-Northeast Conference

-Ohio Valley Conference

-Patriot League

-Southland Conference

-Southwestern Athletic Conference

-Western Athletic Conference


The Power 5, Group of 5 and the six strongest basketball conferences form Division 1A while the other 16 leagues form Division 1B. Each side has 32 team tournaments that the NCAA could run at the same time with the same broadcasting plan (The Turner networks) that can easily create the same revenue source for both sides.


Other sports can either do this or go in other directions, but this is a basic idea.


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Here is my 54-team Major League Baseball Realignment Project, with the inclusion of the Federal League and the Expansion teams who appears in italic.


American League


AL East


Baltimore Orioles
Boston Red Sox
New York Yankees
Pittsburgh Pirates (moved from NL Central)

Tampa Bay Rays
Toronto Blue Jays


AL Central


Chicago White Sox
Cleveland Spiders (formerly Indians)
Detroit Tigers
Indianapolis Arrows
Kansas City Royals
Minnesota Twins


AL West


Arizona Diamondbacks
Anaheim Angels
Oakland Athletics
Portland Beavers
Seattle Mariners
Texas Rangers


Federal League


FL East


Brooklyn Canaries

Carolina Pilots

Hartford Herons

Montreal Expos

Orlando Tropics

Virginia Colonials


FL Central


Columbus Clippers

Des Moines Bruins

Green Bay Browns

Louisville Mashers

Memphis River Boats

New Orleans Baby Cakes


FL West


Albuquerque Isotopes

Las Vegas 51s

Omaha Express

Sacramento Solons

Salt Lake Bees

San Antonio Alamos


National League


NL East


Atlanta Braves
Miami Marlins
New York Mets

Ottawa Lynx

Philadelphia Phillies
Washington Nationals


NL Central


Chicago Cubs
Cincinnati Reds
Milwaukee Brewers
Nashville Sounds
Oklahoma City Bison

St. Louis Cardinals


NL West


Colorado Rockies
Houston Astros
Los Angeles Dodgers
San Diego Padres
San Francisco Giants
Vancouver Canadians


Canadian Television Rights


All Three Leagues: RDS, Sportsnet, TSN, TVA Sports

Montreal Expos: Sportsnet, TVA Sports

Ottawa Lynx: TSN, RDS

Toronto Blue Jays: Sportsnet, TVA Sports

Vancouver Canadians: TSN1


U.S. English National Television Rights


American and National League: NBC, NBCSN and USA

National and Federal League: Fox, FS1 and FS2

American and Federal League: CBS, CBS Sports Network and Showtime

All Three Leagues: ABC and ESPN, beIN Sports, WarnerMedia News & Sports (TBS, TNT and TruTV), WGN America


U.S. Spanish National Television Rights


American and National League: Telemundo and Universo

National and Federal League: Fox Deportes

American and Federal League: Univision, UniMás and TUDN

All Three Leagues: beIN Sports en Español, CNN en Español (carrying the Spanish language audio broadcasts though the video remains the regular English language presentation on either TBS, TNT and TruTV), ESPN Deportes




32 teams make the Postseason, with the Top 3 in each division.

Seeds are determined by records regardless of the division and the league.

Playoff system goes as #1 vs. #16, #3 vs. #30, #5 vs. #28, #7 vs. #26, #9 vs. #24, #11 vs. #22, #13 vs. #20 and #15 vs. #18 on one side of the Postseason bracket and #2 vs. #31, #4 vs. #29, #6 vs. #27, #8 vs. #25, #10 vs. #23, #12 vs. #21, #14 vs. #19 and #16 vs. #17 on the other side. The First and Second Rounds are a best of one, the Third Round is a best of three, the Semifinals are a best of five, and the World Series are a best of seven.

The World Series, which is a best of seven, will give the winners and the runners-up a received share of $24 million dollars which will brings $259k to each player account. The players will receive bonuses. The World Series winners and runners-up, as well as the Federal League champions will receive each one an amount of $25.8 million dollars distributed equally, and a local charity of the team's choices also gets donated a $2 million dollars.

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My National Basketball Association realignment proposal allong with new televission partners, relocated teams and expansion teams




Atlantic Division


Boston Celtics

Brooklyn Nets

Montreal Jazz (relocated from Utah)

New York Knicks

Philadelphia 76ers

Toronto Raptors


Central Division


Chicago Bulls

Cleveland Cavaliers

Detroit Pistons

Indiana Pacers

Milwaukee Bucks

St. Louis Lions (expansion team)


Southeast Division


Atlanta Hawks

Charlotte Hornets

Kentucky Colonels (expansion team)

Miami Heat

Orlando Magic

Washington Wizards




Northwest Division


Denver Nuggets

Minnesota Timberwolves

Portand Trail Blazers

Seattle SuperSonics (expansion team)

Utah Range (expansion team based in Salt Lake City, Utah after the former Utah Jazz relocated to Montreal and subsequently joining the Eastern Conference)

Vancouver Mounties (expansion team)


Pacific Division


Golden State Warriors

Las Vegas Dealers (expansion team)

Los Angeles Lakers

Phoenix Suns

Sacramento Kings

San Diego Clippers (relocated from Los Angeles after the team's owners gets a new proper NBA arena for the team in San Diego)


Southwest Division


Dallas Mavericks

Houston Rockets

Memphis Grizzlies

New Orleans Pelicans

Oklahoma City Thunder (moved from the Northwest Division)

San Antonio Spurs




NBA TV Canada: All other games (except live coverage of the NBA Finals)

Sportsnet and TSN (shared rights): Montreal Jazz, Toronto Raptors, Vancouver Mounties plus NBA Playoffs and live coverage of the NBA Finals.




Regular Season


Monday Night Doubleheaders: FS1

Tuesday Night Doubleheaders: TNT

Wednesday Night Doubleheaders: ESPN

Thursday Night Doubleheaders: TNT

Friday Night Doubleheaders: ESPN

NBA Saturday Primetime: FOX

NBA Sunday Showcase: ABC




First Round: TNT, NBA TV, ESPN, FS1, ABC, FOX

Second Round: ESPN, TNT, ABC, FOX, FS1

NBA Conference Finals: ESPN, FS1

NBA Finals: ABC




Altitude Sports: Denver Nuggets

AT&T SportsNet: Houston Rockets, Las Vegas Dealers, Utah Range

Fox Sports Networks (including YES Network): Atlanta Hawks, Brooklyn Nets, Charlotte Hornets, Cleveland Cavaliers, Dallas Mavericks, Indiana Pacers, Kentucky Colonels, Memphis Grizzlies, Milwaukee Bucks, Minnesota Timberwolves, New Orleans Pelicans, Oklahoma City Thunder, Orlando Magic, Phoenix Suns, St. Louis Lions, San Antonio Spurs, San Diego Clippers

MSG: New York Knicks

NBC Sports Regional Networks: Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls, Golden State Warriors, Philladelphia 76ers, Portland Traill Blazers, Saccramento Kings,

Root Sports: Seattle SuperSonics

Spectrum Sports: Los Angeles Lakers

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21 minutes ago, nelroy78 said:


If only the Raptors played there full time. Not that divisions are relevant in the NBA, but it would allow them to swap with the Wizards, who really belong in the Atlantic anyway. WHOA...this might actually happen temporarily.

It will be interesting to see how the Raptors will perform this next NBA season and adapt to Tampa Bay.


P.S.: What do you think about my MLB and NBA realignment proposals?.

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1 hour ago, Marcos Flamengo said:

It will be interesting to see how the Raptors will perform this next NBA season and adapt to Tampa Bay.


P.S.: What do you think about my MLB and NBA realignment proposals?.

You put a lot of thought into it but way too many teams. Still that’s why this is called the pointless realignment thread.

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Just had a thought...the NBA is thinking about having a division heavy schedule to reduce travel this year, so why not move the Timberwolves to the Eastern Conference just for this year. Yes it would mean the Western and Eastern Conferences would be imbalanced for a year but it would be worth it for them to play several games this year in Chicago and Milwaukee rather than Portland and Salt Lake City. 

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The only way the Minnesota Timberwolves move to the Eastern Conference is if the NBA expands to 32 teams by resurrecting the Seatlle SuperSonics and expanding to either Kansas City or St. Louis.


Also, both conferences would have to go with 2 8-team divisions

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