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On 2/5/2021 at 12:05 PM, stratonascar said:

@TrueYankee26 On Your Last Post forgot to add a 60th team in the NBA in the Northwest Division so we can probably have Edmonton or Billings to get a Team

I will add them now: Edmonton Energy

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Thanks @TrueYankee26, Now My Take For Football if the NFL merges the CFL in 20 Years after a Post Covid-19 Pro Football World

 

AFC East: Buffalo Bills, London Monarchs (3), Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, New York Jets
AFC Canada (2): Calgary Stampeders, Edmonton Elks (Was Eskimos), Saskatchewan Roughriders, Vancouver Cascades (was Lions), Winnipeg Blue Bombers
AFC North: Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Columbus Aviators (4), Pittsburgh Steelers
AFC South: Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Mexico City Diablos (3), Tennessee Titans
AFC West: Denver Broncos, Kansas City Kings (1), Los Angeles Chargers, Las Vegas Raiders, Sacramento Condors (4)

 

NFC East: Dallas Cowboys, Dublin Celtics (2), New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Sentinels (1)
NFC Canada (2): Atlantic Schooners, Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Montreal Alouettes, Ottawa Redblacks, Toronto Argonauts
NFC North: Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, St. Louis Stallions (4)
NFC South: Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Monterrey Matadors (3), New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneeers
NFC West: Arizona Cardinals, Los Angeles Rams, Portland River Hogs (4), San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks

 

FOOTNOTES

(1) = Both Kansas City (AFC) and Washington (NFC) Teams have renamed permanently after a couple years following the COVID-19 Pandemic
(2) = After the CFL Played their Final Season in 2025 all teams were absorbed by the NFL and all Canadian Football Hall of Fame Inductees are retroactively inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, OH in which they will receive bronze busts for playing in the Canadian Football League
(3) = The Following Year the NFL added 2 Teams in Europe for the 2026 Season as London and Dublin Began play in the League and 2 teams in Mexico based in Meico City and Monterrey.
(4) = In 2031, 4 US Teams were entered to the NFL as Columbus and Sacramento joined the AFC while Portland and St. Louis joined the NFC

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MLB 20.... something. League expands to Portland (or Las Vegas, as they're interchangeable in the alignment below) and Nashville. And, by some stroke of luck, both Oakland AND Tampa Bay remain where they are after the Rays are able to secure a new stadium across the bay to open at the conclusion of their Tropicana Field lease after the 2027 season (suspension of disbelief here, folks). In addition to the two expansion teams, Colorado and Tampa Bay are swapped between the NL and AL for the purpose of making the divisions make more sense, which is less impactful negatively with the universal DH in place.

 

  NATIONAL LEAGUE  
WEST SOUTH CENTRAL EAST
Arizona Diamondbacks Atlanta Braves Chicago Cubs New York Mets
Los Angeles Dodgers Miami Marlins Cincinnati Reds Philadelphia Phillies
San Diego Padres NASHVILLE STARS Milwaukee Brewers Pittsburgh Pirates
San Francisco Giants Tampa Bay Rays St. Louis Cardinals Washington Nationals
       
  AMERICAN LEAGUE  
WEST SOUTH CENTRAL EAST
Los Angeles Angels Colorado Rockies Chicago White Sox Baltimore Orioles
Oakland Athletics Houston Astros Cleveland Indians Boston Red Sox
PORTLAND/(LAS VEGAS) Kansas City Royals Detroit Tigers New York Yankees
Seattle Mariners Texas Rangers Minnesota Twins

Toronto Blue Jays

 

In all the realignments I do, this seems to be the least "invasive". To go from six divisions of five to 8 divisions of four, there's obviously going to be some movement. But this one keeps it to a minimum while maintaining quite a bit of continuity. Of the current six divisions, four simply have one team removed and in all those cases, one could argue that they are the geographical outlier of the division. So many of the division rivalries remain. And in the cases where they aren't, they remain in the same league (save for Colorado and Tampa Bay) and are aligned in a division that just makes more geographical sense.

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A preview of what I have up next: NCAA Realignment Madness. This involves conference mergers and a really giant NCAA future. For example, the SEC retires the "Southeastern Conference" name and goes by the....... "SEC".

 

ACC-Big 10 Alliance:

  • Boston College, Clemson, Florida State, Louisville, NC State, Syracuse, Wake Forest, West Virginia
  • Duke, Georgia Tech, Miami, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Virginia, Virginia Tech
  • Connecticut, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State, Rutgers
  • Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota State, Northwestern, Purdue, Wisconsin

Big 12-Pac-12 Alliance:

  • Arizona, Arizona State, San Diego State, USC, UCLA, UNLV
  • Boise State, Colorado, Colorado State, Idaho, Utah, Utah State
  • California, Fresno State, Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford, Washington, Washington State
  • Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas, Texas Tech

SEC Super-Conference:

  • Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Baylor, LSU, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, TCU, Texas A&M
  • Appalachian State, Coastal Carolina, East Carolina, Georgia State, James Madison, Liberty, Old Dominion, UCF
  • Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Missouri, South Carolina, Tennessee, USF, Vanderbilt
  • Air Force, Army, BYU, Houston, Navy, Rice, Tulane, Tulsa, UAB

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