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American League:

East (8 teams):

Baltimore Orioles

Boston Red Sox

Chicago White Sox

Cleveland Indians

Detroit Tigers

New York Yankees

Tampa Bay Rays

Toronto Blue Jays

 

West (7 teams):

Houston Astros

Kansas City Royals

Los Angeles Angels

Minnesota Twins

Oakland Athletics

Seattle Mariners

Texas Rangers

 

National League:
East (7 teams):

Atlanta Braves

Cincinnati Reds

Miami Marlins

New York Mets

Philadelphia Phillies

Pittsburgh Pirates

Washington Nationals

 

West (8 teams):

Arizona Diamondbacks

Chicago Cubs

Colorado Rockies

Los Angeles Dodgers

Milwaukee Brewers

San Diego Padres

San Francisco Giants

St. Louis Cardinals

 


Uh, this is amazing. It even leaves open Western expansion (American League) and Eastern expansion (National League). And it doesn't break up anything...

Do you think the wild card game is at risk? I kind of like that a team that doesn't win its division has to burn their ace in the wild card game for the first game of the LDS.

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21 minutes ago, @axpze said:


Uh, this is amazing. It even leaves open Western expansion (American League) and Eastern expansion (National League). And it doesn't break up anything...

Do you think the wild card game is at risk? I kind of like that a team that doesn't win its division has to burn their ace in the wild card game for the first game of the LDS.

I don't think it's at immediate risk, as it's bringing in some revenue for baseball. I'm personally not a fan of having a one game playoff in baseball (a sport in which a single game is so dependent on one's starting pitcher), but I don't see it going away any time soon.

 

My realignment plan would be compatible with the one-game playoff though - either have 4 Wild Cards per league and two one game playoffs, or have the first Wild Card advance to the LDS automatically, with the next 2 teams facing off in a one game playoff.

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If the MLB decides to realign, this is exactly the way I want them to do it.

EDIT: Adding Portland (AL West) and Montreal (NL East) would even out the leagues and are the two cities most likely to get teams in the near future. And supposing MLB would want 8 divisions of 4 teams:

 

American League:

East (8 teams): perhaps the division that best fits into two "familiar" geographical divisions

Baltimore Orioles

Boston Red Sox

New York Yankees

Tampa Bay Rays

 

Chicago White Sox

Cleveland Indians

Detroit Tigers

Toronto Blue Jays

 

West (8 teams): eliminate the two time-zone difference between Texas teams and divisional opponents

Kansas City Royals

Minnesota Twins

Houston Astros

Texas Rangers

 

Los Angeles Angels

Oakland Athletics

Seattle Mariners
*Portland Lazers/Razors (i.e. "Blazers")

 

National League: there is no other way to go about this in this division...truly sorry
East (8 teams): 

Atlanta Braves

Miami Marlins

Washington Nationals

Cincinnati Reds

 

New York Mets

Philadelphia Phillies

Pittsburgh Pirates

Montreal Expats (i.e. "Expos," having "returned home from abroad")

 

West (8 teams): welp

Chicago Cubs

St. Louis Cardinals

Milwaukee Brewers

Colorado Rockies

 

Arizona Diamondbacks

Los Angeles Dodgers

San Diego Padres

San Francisco Giants

 

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MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER's 32

 

Based on a recent post, my alignment for MLS if/when it gets to 32 clubs.

 

 

Eastern

PELE DIVISION 

 - Columbus Crew

 - D.C. United

 - Montreal Impact 

 - New England Revolution

 - New York Red Bulls

 - NYCFC

 - Philadelphia Union

 - Toronto F.C.

 

LOGAN DIVISION

 - Atlanta United 

 - Chicago Fire

 - Detroit

 - Indy Eleven 

 - Miami

 - Orlando City 

 - St. Louis

 - Tampa Rowdies 

 

Western

HUNT DIVISION

 - Colorado Rapids

 - Dallas

 - Houston Dynamo

 - Kansas City

 - Las Vegas

 - Minnesota United

 - Real Salt Lake

 - San Antonio Scorpions

 

DONOVAN DIVISION

 - Calgary

 - LAFC

 - L.A. Galaxy

 - Portland Timbers

 - Sacramento Republic

 - San Jose Earthquakes

 - Seattle Sounders

 - Vancouver Whitecaps

 

 

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A few months back, I took on the huge task of realiging college football conferences because I hate when teams play in multiple conferences across several sports. I merged FBS and FCS just to make it easier. Most of them stayed the same, but there were 4 that I really liked. So there are several basketball conferences where a handfull of teams play football elsewhere. So what I did was combine some conferences in a joint conference based on geography. All my conference couldn't fill an 8 team league by themselves, but could with the addition of another conference

 

Big East/Atlantic 10

Richmond, Rhode Island, Fordham, Duquesne, Dayton, Davidson, Butler, Georgetown

 

Colonial Athletic Association/America East

Delaware, Elon, James Madison, Towson, William & Mary, New Hampshire, Maine, Stony Brook, Albany

 

North East Conference/Metro Atlantic

Sacred Heart, Wagner, Bryant, Saint Francis, Central Connecticut, Robert Morris, Marist, Monmouth

 

Atlantic Sun/Big South

Jacksonville, Stetson, Kennesaw, Charleston, Gardner Webb, Liberty, Presbyterian, Campbell

 

The joint conferences wouldn't affect much. It would help conference solidify their line ups, and make alliances with other conferences.

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On March 12, 2016 at 4:19 AM, 29texan said:

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER's 32

 

Based on a recent post, my alignment for MLS if/when it gets to 32 clubs.

 

 

Eastern

PELE DIVISION 

 - Columbus Crew

 - D.C. United

 - Montreal Impact 

 - New England Revolution

 - New York Red Bulls

 - NYCFC

 - Philadelphia Union

 - Toronto F.C.

 

LOGAN DIVISION

 - Atlanta United 

 - Chicago Fire

 - Detroit

 - Indy Eleven 

 - Miami

 - Orlando City 

 - St. Louis

 - Tampa Rowdies 

 

Western

HUNT DIVISION

 - Colorado Rapids

 - Dallas

 - Houston Dynamo

 - Kansas City

 - Las Vegas

 - Minnesota United

 - Real Salt Lake

 - San Antonio Scorpions

 

DONOVAN DIVISION

 - Calgary

 - LAFC

 - L.A. Galaxy

 - Portland Timbers

 - Sacramento Republic

 - San Jose Earthquakes

 - Seattle Sounders

 - Vancouver Whitecaps

 

 

 

Cool idea. I think MLS could do division play right now if they wanted. With the teams we have now, the league would probably look something like...

 

EASTERN CONFERENCE 

Atlantic Division

- New York City

- RBNY

- DC United

- New England

- Orlando City

 

Central Division

- Chicago

- Toronto FC

- Columbus

- Philadelphia

- Montreal

 

WESTERN CONFERENCE 

Frontier Division

- Kansas City

- Colorado

- Salt Lake 

- FC Dallas

- Houston 

 

Pacific Division

- LA

- San Jose

- Portland

- Seattle 

- Vancouver

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Looking for a bit of feedback on a side project I have going.

 

Essentially what I'm trying to do is create a fantasy AAA league for an historical MLB league. Rather than simply going with the basic model of assigning the teams strictly to the largest cities without an MLB team, I'm trying to follow the Braves/Mariners model a bit more, where the AAA team is in a suburb of the parent club's city. I don't do this in every case, but if I were a team like the Twins for instance, I would seriously be looking into moving my AAA team from Rochester to St. Paul if they haven't already done so. Whether or not they actually could is another story for a whole bunch of reasons that I don't care to get into and for the sake of this project doesn't matter. This is more concerned about assuming those logistical issues were aside what would you do.

 

Obviously I'm looking for more feedback with some teams than others. The Nashville Sounds and Portland Beavers are good as is for example. But there's others like the Tigers AAA team, where Warren is simply a suggestion. I've never been to Detroit and know very little about the surrounding area. All I know about Warren its that its a highly populated high crime area north of the city with an affluent area in the northwest part of the city, which is where I would probably build the park if one were to actually exist. In terms of how feasible it is that it could actually support a AAA team I really don't know. Would Auburn Hills or Pontiac be better choices? I don't know enough about the area to say for sure.

 

That's about as flexible as I'm going to be with location moves though. Whether or not Buffalo be a better choice for a AAA team than suburban Montreal isn't a debate I'm interested in having. The cities are what they are. Same thing with the MLB affiliates, although I will switch up teams if there is a net overall benefit. (ie. the combined distance between the MLB club and the AAA teams are reduced) Same thing with division alignments.

 

International League
Team MLB Affiliate
Northeast
Jersey City/Suburban NYC Brooklyn Dodgers
Laval/Suburban Montreal Montreal Expos
Mississauga/Suburban Toronto Toronto Blue Jays
Newark Bears/Suburban NYC New York Giants
Pawtucket Red Sox Boston Reds Sox
Worcester Ruby Lugs/Suburban Boston Boston Braves
Mid-Atlantic
Arlington/Suburban D.C. Washington Nationals
Camden Riversharks/Suburban Philly Philadelphia Athletics
Columbus Clippers Pittsburgh Pirates
Indianapolis Indians St. Louis Cardinals
Warren/Suburban Detroit Detroit Tigers
Wilmington Blue Rocks/Suburban Philly Philadelphia Phillies
Southeast
Charlotte Knights New York Yankees
Clearwater/Suburban Tampa Tampa Bay Rays
Fort Lauderdale/Suburban Miami Miami Marlins
Gwinnett Braves/Suburban Atlanta Atlanta Braves
Norfolk Tides New York Mets
Orlando Baltimore Orioles
Pacific Coast League
Team MLB Affiliate
Central
Elgin/Suburban Chicago Chicago Cubs
Frisco RoughRiders/Suburban Dallas Texas Rangers
Naperville/Suburban Chicago Chicago White Sox
Nashville Sounds Cincinnati Reds
Round Rock Express St. Louis Browns
The Woodlands/Suburban Houston Houston Astros
Northwest
Portland Beavers Milwaukee Brewers
Sacramento River Cats San Francisco Giants
San Jose Oakland Athletics
St. Paul Saints Minnesota Twins
Tacoma Rainers Seattle Mariners
Vancouver Canadians Cleveland Indians
Southwest
Carlsbad/Suburban San Diego San Diego Padres
Las Vegas 51's Colorado Rockies
Long Beach/Suburban LA Los Angeles Dodgers
Mesa/Suburban Phoenix Arizona Diamondbacks
Riverside/Inland Empire California Angels
San Antonio Missions Kansas City Royals
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pmoehrin, I think the Voronoi function could help you recognize the "mid-lines" between geographical points on a map.

This is the best online interactive Voronoi map plot tool. I use it all the time. Just plot each point to represent each MLB team (turn off "Delaunay triangulation" and "Convex hull") to see "Voronoi neighborhoods." And then place each minor league team within each MLB team's neighborhood.

I use this site for a lot of things. Really helps me visualize boundaries on a map.

EDIT: scroll down below the map to see settings (Delaunay triangulation, Convex hull, and Voronoi neighborhoods).

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46 minutes ago, @axpze said:

pmoehrin, I think the Voronoi function could help you recognize the "mid-lines" between geographical points on a map.

This is the best online interactive Voronoi map plot tool. I use it all the time. Just plot each point to represent each MLB team (turn off "Delaunay triangulation" and "Convex hull") to see "Voronoi neighborhoods." And then place each minor league team within each MLB team's neighborhood.

I use this site for a lot of things. Really helps me visualize boundaries on a map.

EDIT: scroll down below the map to see settings (Delaunay triangulation, Convex hull, and Voronoi neighborhoods).

 

I've got my own system to do that stuff although it does seem like a pretty useful program.

 

This is more about whether or not it would be better to put a AAA team in Rosemont or Elgin.

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3 hours ago, pmoehrin said:

Looking for a bit of feedback on a side project I have going.

 

Essentially what I'm trying to do is create a fantasy AAA league for an historical MLB league. Rather than simply going with the basic model of assigning the teams strictly to the largest cities without an MLB team, I'm trying to follow the Braves/Mariners model a bit more, where the AAA team is in a suburb of the parent club's city. I don't do this in every case, but if I were a team like the Twins for instance, I would seriously be looking into moving my AAA team from Rochester to St. Paul if they haven't already done so. Whether or not they actually could is another story for a whole bunch of reasons that I don't care to get into and for the sake of this project doesn't matter. This is more concerned about assuming those logistical issues were aside what would you do.

 

Obviously I'm looking for more feedback with some teams than others. The Nashville Sounds and Portland Beavers are good as is for example. But there's others like the Tigers AAA team, where Warren is simply a suggestion. I've never been to Detroit and know very little about the surrounding area. All I know about Warren its that its a highly populated high crime area north of the city with an affluent area in the northwest part of the city, which is where I would probably build the park if one were to actually exist. In terms of how feasible it is that it could actually support a AAA team I really don't know. Would Auburn Hills or Pontiac be better choices? I don't know enough about the area to say for sure.

 

That's about as flexible as I'm going to be with location moves though. Whether or not Buffalo be a better choice for a AAA team than suburban Montreal isn't a debate I'm interested in having. The cities are what they are. Same thing with the MLB affiliates, although I will switch up teams if there is a net overall benefit. (ie. the combined distance between the MLB club and the AAA teams are reduced) Same thing with division alignments.

 

International League
Team MLB Affiliate
Northeast
Jersey City/Suburban NYC Brooklyn Dodgers
Laval/Suburban Montreal Montreal Expos
Mississauga/Suburban Toronto Toronto Blue Jays
Newark Bears/Suburban NYC New York Giants
Pawtucket Red Sox Boston Reds Sox
Worcester Ruby Lugs/Suburban Boston Boston Braves
Mid-Atlantic
Arlington/Suburban D.C. Washington Nationals
Camden Riversharks/Suburban Philly Philadelphia Athletics
Columbus Clippers Pittsburgh Pirates
Indianapolis Indians St. Louis Cardinals
Warren/Suburban Detroit Detroit Tigers
Wilmington Blue Rocks/Suburban Philly Philadelphia Phillies
Southeast
Charlotte Knights New York Yankees
Clearwater/Suburban Tampa Tampa Bay Rays
Fort Lauderdale/Suburban Miami Miami Marlins
Gwinnett Braves/Suburban Atlanta Atlanta Braves
Norfolk Tides New York Mets
Orlando Baltimore Orioles
Pacific Coast League
Team MLB Affiliate
Central
Elgin/Suburban Chicago Chicago Cubs
Frisco RoughRiders/Suburban Dallas Texas Rangers
Naperville/Suburban Chicago Chicago White Sox
Nashville Sounds Cincinnati Reds
Round Rock Express St. Louis Browns
The Woodlands/Suburban Houston Houston Astros
Northwest
Portland Beavers Milwaukee Brewers
Sacramento River Cats San Francisco Giants
San Jose Oakland Athletics
St. Paul Saints Minnesota Twins
Tacoma Rainers Seattle Mariners
Vancouver Canadians Cleveland Indians
Southwest
Carlsbad/Suburban San Diego San Diego Padres
Las Vegas 51's Colorado Rockies
Long Beach/Suburban LA Los Angeles Dodgers
Mesa/Suburban Phoenix Arizona Diamondbacks
Riverside/Inland Empire California Angels
San Antonio Missions Kansas City Royals

Kansas City, Kansas has a 10 or 11 thousand seat ballpark by the Kansas Speedway and Sporting Park. Maybe 40 minutes or so away from the K. Better than San Antonio.

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30 minutes ago, ICTknight said:

Kansas City, Kansas has a 10 or 11 thousand seat ballpark by the Kansas Speedway and Sporting Park. Maybe 40 minutes or so away from the K. Better than San Antonio.

 

As I said before the cities are what they are in some cases. KC's AAA team being in San Antonio is one of those cases.

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Global Hockey League; 32 teams

 

Atlantic

Boston

Chicago

Detroit

Montreal

New York 

Philadelphia

Pittsburgh

Toronto

 

Pacific

Calgary

Edmonton

Los Angeles

Mexico City

Minnesota

San Jose

St. Louis
Vancouver

 

Euro

Berlin

Helsinki

London

Moscow

Oslo

Paris

Prague

Stockholm

 

Pan Asian

Beijing
Mumbai

Seoul

Hong Kong

Shanghai

Singapore

Tel Aviv

Tokyo

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I mentioned the Voronoi tool for devising mid-points among multiple points on a map here. Here is a link to a useful online Voronoi tool.

All cities are approximated midpoints among parent cities. For example, a midpoint between Seattle, Oakland, and Denver is Twin Falls, Idaho, therefore, one of these three teams will have a minor league affiliate in Twin Falls, Idaho (Boise).

Pacific Coast League
Western Division 

Medford Mariners

Boise Giants
Bonneville Salt Flats (UT) Dodgers

Bonneville Salt Flats (UT) Angels

Lake Havasu City (CA) Padres

Roswell Diamondbacks

Dodge City Rangers
Regina (SK) Rockies
"Area 51" (NV) Athletics

Southern Division 

Jackson (MS) Astros

Little Rock (AR) Royals

Campeche (Mexico) Marlins

New Orleans Rays

Nashville Braves

Blacksburg (VA) Nationals

Greenville (MS) Cardinals

 

International League:
Western Division

Chamberlain (SD) Twins

Grand Rapids (MI) Brewers

Cedar Rapids Cubs

Davenport (IA) White Sox

Fort Wayne (IN) Tigers

Terre Haute (IN) Reds

Eastern Division

Erie (PA) Pirates

Athens (OH) Indians

London (ON) Blue Jays

Storrs (CT) Red Sox

Princeton Phillies

Watertown (NY) Yankees

Altoona (PA) Orioles

Elmira (NY) Mets

I think I'll do this for the MLS next

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MLonStrosity:

Real Regina (SK), no

Swift Current Whitecaps, gross
Missoula (MT) Zounders, get it?

Winnemucca (NV) Timbers, as if Winnemucca had trees

Warm Springs (middle of nowhere, Nevada) Earthquakes

Fort Apache (AZ) Galaxy, cool

Rápidos Ciudad Juárez, yes

Sporting Guymon (OK), Sporting Gijon

FC Tupelo (MS), fer Dallas

Sinaloa Dynamo, A+

Columbia City SC, "SC" for "soccer club" & "South Carolina," "Orlando City SC"
Flint Fire, nice

Jackson (TN) Crew, moving along
Pittsburgh United, DC United
State College (PA) Union, cool
Elmira Red Bulls, lol

Toms River (NJ) City, LLWS champs
Rome (NY) FC, TFC

Albany Revolution, could work, but New England wouldn't want their affiliate in NY

Schenectady (NY) Impact, Schenectady is too close to Albany anyway
 

Honorable Mentions:

Fort Apache Galaxy

Sinaloa Dynamo

Columbia City SC
State College Union


 

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More pointlessness (NHL)

 

Macon GA Panthers

New Orleans Lightning, yeah baby

Arkansas Stars

Bloomington IN Predators

Wichita Blues

Kingsport TN Hurricanes, aw hell yeah

Roanoke Capitals, consonance

State College Flyers, "fliers" (i.e. leaflets...nvm)

Jersey City Rangers

Montauk Islanders

Toms River Devils

Saratoga Springs NY Bruins, no way
Utica Senators, Roman theme

Johnstown NY Canadiens

Syracuse Sabres, aight

Erie Penguins, yawn

London Maple Leafs, yawn

Akron Blue Jackets, yawn

Fort Wayne Red Wings, Komets is better

Cedar Rapids Blackhawks, yawn

Bridger SD Wild, I've been here (on the Cheyenne River Lakota Reservation)

Regina Jets, consonance wins again
Miles City MT Avalanche, never been here tho

Kamloops Oilers

Twin Falls Flames

Boise Canucks

North Bonneville Salt Flats Sharks, k

South Bonneville Salt Flats Kings, there is no other way

Las Vegas Ducks

Roswell Coyotes

...and that's it.

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Here's my latest NHL breakdown that could exist in 20yrs...

 

Eastern Conference

 

Maurice Richard Northeast Division

Montreal

Ottawa

Quebec City

Toronto Maple Leafs

 

Bobby Orr Northeast Division

Boston

Buffalo

Detroit

Columbus

 

Mark Messier Atlantic Division

New Jersey 

New York Islanders

New York Rangers

Washington 

 

Mario Lemieux Atlantic Division

Florida

Philadelphia 

Pittsburgh

Tampa Bay 

 


Western Conference

 

Bobby Hull Central Division

Chicago

Minnesota

Toronto Waxers

Winnipeg

 

Joe Sakic Central Division

Colorado

Dallas

Nashville

St. Louis

 

Wayne Gretzky Pacific Division

Calgary

Edmonton

Seattle 

Vancouver

 

Luc Robitaille Pacific Division

Anaheim

Las Vegas

Los Angeles

San Jose

 

Each geographic division combo plays the exact same number of games between one another (i.e. the Leafs & Wings don't become strangers, the Penguins & Flyers aren't merely stuck with the Floridian teams, etc) so as never to cull long term rivalries.  The top 2 teams from each division play one another in the 1st playoff round, then play the winning team from their cousin geographic division, etc until the east v west Final.  

Las Vegas receives its first big 4 team.

Hurricanes become Quebec Nordiques.

Coyotes become Seattle Rainiers.

Toronto Waxers are born into the western conference to both appease the Leafs & to carve their own unique identity & culture.

 

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I've come up with a few simple ideas for re-alignment for the NHL, to keep things fair for teams in the U.S. and Canada.

 

1st, I wouldn't have the NHL expand to 32 teams without Quebec City in the equation. If QUE can't get in, then Las Vegas waits too. No preferential treatment can be given to Vegas ahead of Quebec.

 

My alignment for the teams, with 4 divisions, goes like this.

 

4-DIVISION ALIGNMENT

Eastern Conference

Division 1

Quebec Nordiques
Montreal Canadiens
Boston Bruins
New York Islanders
New York Rangers
New Jersey Devils
Philadelphia Flyers
Washington Capitals

Division 2

Ottawa Senators
Toronto Maple Leafs
Carolina Hurricanes
Florida Panthers
Buffalo Sabres
Pittsburgh Penguins
Tampa Bay Lightning
Columbus Blue Jackets

Western Conference

Division 3

Winnipeg Jets
Edmonton Oilers
Detroit Red Wings
Nashville Predators
Chicago Blackhawks
St. Louis Blues
Minnesota Wild
Dallas Stars

Division 4

Calgary Flames
Vancouver Canucks
Colorado Avalanche
Arizona Coyotes
Las Vegas
Anaheim Ducks
Los Angeles Kings
San Jose Sharks

In this format, to make the playoffs, I'd qualify teams based on division, where you'd need to finish in the Top 4 within to make the playoffs. No wild-cards or crossovers. The 1st Round would return to the Division Semi-Final format used up to 1992-93, with Round 2 being the Division Final round. The matchups would be 1V4 and 2V3 in the DSF round.

 

Now, if there were to be 8 divisions, I'd place the teams like this.

 

8-DIVISION ALIGNMENT

Eastern Conference

Division 1

Quebec Nordiques
Boston Bruins
New York Islanders
New York Rangers

Division 2

Montreal Canadiens
New Jersey Devils
Philadelphia Flyers
Washington Capitals

Division 3

Ottawa Senators
Carolina Hurricanes
Florida Panthers
Buffalo Sabres

Division 4

Toronto Maple Leafs
Pittsburgh Penguins
Tampa Bay Lightning
Columbus Blue Jackets

Western Conference

Division 5

Winnipeg Jets
Detroit Red Wings
Nashville Predators
Chicago Blackhawks

Division 6

Edmonton Oilers
St. Louis Blues
Minnesota Wild
Dallas Stars

Division 7

Calgary Flames
Colorado Avalanche
Arizona Coyotes
Las Vegas

Division 8

Vancouver Canucks
Anaheim Ducks
Los Angeles Kings
San Jose Sharks

In this format, to make the playoffs, you must finish in 1st or 2nd place in your division. There are no divisional crossovers. The 1st round is the Division Final round, with Round 2 being the Conf. Semi Final round.

 

In the CSF round, I'd have the team from the best division in the conference play the team from the worst division, and the other 2 would play each other.

 

The best division would be the one who's 2 teams, with their reg. season points totals added up, would give it the rank of 1st place division(i.e. From Div. 7, Calgary gets 119 points, and Arizona got 100 points, both teams got 219 points, while the 2 teams from Div. 5 got 174, Div. 6 got 185, and Div. 8 got 192). In the brackets, it'd mean the winner of Div. 7 would play winner of Div. 5 in the CSF, while the Div. 6 winner would play the Div. 8 winner.

To accommodate the 8-division format, in order to cut down on travel lag and costs, I'd END all play between each conference in the regular season, meaning the Canucks would not play the Canadiens in the reg. season anymore.

To help keep the TOR-DET rivalry alive as best possible, I would have Detroit and Columbus switch conferences each season, meaning the Leafs and Wings would play each other in the reg. season every other year.

 

This would mean that the Prince Of Wales Trophy and Clarence Campbell Bowl would have their significance rise greatly, and I'd also have the Eastern and Western Conference winners hoist those trophies, to celebrate the fact that they were the 'Beasts of the East/Best In The West', and to have those conference titles mean as much as the ones from the NFL do to their winners. If both teams hoist those trophies, THERE IS NO CUP FINAL HEX/CURSE!

 

The Stanley Cup Championship Final series would see both teams flying blind against each other, with no current season past to speak of weighing them down.

 

My preference would be the 8-division format.

 

I'd also suggest that the rosters for every team in the NHL be re-distributed as well, to provide for proper roster balance through the whole league. Each team would have a player that would be as good as the others in their respective roster positions league-wide. It would mean that the playoff races post-trade deadline would be as even as possible.

It would help to address an issue that the teams in Canada can't make any decent playoff runs that are seen as deliberate. Most of the playoff runs that Canadian teams have made since 1994 have probably been seen as accidents that weren't supposed to exist.

 

Sorry this was so long, but I needed to explain this in detail.
 

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Getting back to a concept I had a while back...

 

If I was able to do the old 1999-2001 NFL style configuration on Backbreaker I would have done it like this...

 

AFC East

Boston Breakers

Montreal Machine

NY/NJ Knights

Philadelphia Stars

Pittsburgh Maulers

 

AFC Central

Amsterdam Admirals

Barcelona Dragons

Frankfurt Galaxy

London Monarchs

Rhein Fire

Scottish Claymores

 

AFC West

Birmingham Stallions

Memphis Pharaohs

Orlando Thunder

Raleigh-Durham Skyhawks

Tampa Bay Bandits

 

NFC East

Denver Gold

Houston Oilers

Mexico City Aztecs

Oklahoma Outlaws

San Antonio Riders

 

NFC Central

Chicago Blitz

Michigan Panthers

Ohio Glory

Omaha Rustlers

St Louis Stampede

 

NFC West

Las Vegas Gamblers

Los Angeles Avengers

Portland Platypus

Sacramento Surge

Utah Pioneers

 

But since Backbreaker only had 8, 16, and 32, it would have to be either one of these...

Alignment I

Div A: Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Rhein Fire, EXPANSION

Div B: Barcelona, London, Scotland Claymores, EXPANSION

Div C: Boston, Montreal, NY/NJ, Philadelphia

Div D: Birmingham, Memphis, Orlando, Ral-Durham

 

Div E: Chicago, Michigan, Ohio, St Louis

Div F: Houston, Mexico City, Oklahoma, San Antonio

Div G: Denver, Las Vegas, Portland, Utah

Div F: LA, Sacto, Oakland Invaders, Anaheim Piranhas

 

Alignment II

Div A: AMS, BCN, FRA, LON

Div B: BOS, MTL, NY, PHI

Div C: OHIO, PITT, RDU, Virginia

Div D: BHM, MEM, ORL, TB

 

Div E: CHI, MICH, OMA, STL

Div F: HOU, MEX, OKL, SA

Div G: DEN, LV, PDX, UTAH

Div H: ANA, LA, OAK, SAC

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CFL, MLB, MLS & NASL, NFL, NBA, NHL, FFL, NBL CFA (NCAA Div 1A)

 

If the NFL created a soccer league.

 

In 2042, The NFL created a spring soccer league called the National Soccer League to win over young fans from MLS & NASL. It is independent from MLS, NASL and FIFA.

 

American Soccer Conference (ASC)

ASC East

  • Buffalo Thunder (Buffalo Bills)
  • Miami Leviathans (Miami Dolphins)
  • London Redcoats (London Royals)
  • New England Spirit of '76 (New England Patriots)*
  • New York Stealth (New York Jets)
  • Orlando Sharks (Orlando Sunshine)
  • Providence Lusitanians (Providence Sailors)
  • Rochester Thunderbirds (Rochester Rocs)

ASC North

  • Baltimore Blackbirds (Baltimore Ravens)
  • Charleston Bluegrass (Charleston Appalachians)
  • Cincinnati Cheetahs (Cincinnati Bengals)
  • Cleveland Elves (Cleveland Browns)
  • Grand Rapids Grizzlies (Grand Rapids Walleye)
  • Indianapolis Foals (Indianapolis Colts)
  • Pittsburgh Piranhas (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • Rockford Rhinos (Rockford Rockhoppers)

ASC South

  • Houston Orbit (Houston Astros)
  • Jacksonville Jacks (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • Lexington Coal Miners (Lexington Thoroughbreds)
  • Mexico City Coatls (Mexico City Aztecs)
  • Mississippi Jazz (Mississippi Humpbacks)
  • Oklahoma Seminoles (Oklahoma Thunderbirds)
  • San Antonio Bandidos (San Antonio Conquistadors)
  • Tennessee Atlas (Tennessee Titans)

ASC West

  • Kansas City Cyclones (Kansas City Chiefs)
  • Los Angeles Spartans (Los Angeles Raiders)
  • Mile High Mountaineers (Denver Broncos)
  • Montana Wolves (Montana Bigfoot)
  • Oakland Armada (Oakland Raiders)
  • San Diego Thunder Horsemen (San Diego Chargers)
  • Tokyo Dragons (Tokyo Yamatos)
  • Vancouver Victory (Vancouver Cascades)

National Soccer Conference (NSC)

NSC East

  • Dallas Gunslingers (Dallas Cowboys)
  • Ireland Saint Patrick's (Ireland Shamrocks)
  • Montreal Crescents (Montreal Olympiques)
  • New York Towers (New York Giants)
  • Philadelphia Geese (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Raleigh Tri-Stars (Raleigh Hounds)
  • Toronto Niagaras (Toronto Trilliums)
  • Washington Tomahawks (Washington Redtails)

NSC North

  • Alaska Frontiersmen (Alaska Auroras)
  • Calgary Flame Stags (Calgary Moose)
  • Chicago Wild Onions (Chicago Bears)
  • Columbus Chestnuts (Columbus Capitols)
  • Detroit Mustangs (Detroit Lions)
  • Iowa Shockers (Iowa Heartlanders)
  • Green Bay Crackers (Green Bay Packers)
  • Minnesota Odins (Minnesota Vikings)

NSC South

  • Atlanta Peachtrees (Atlanta Falcons)
  • Austin Highlanders (Austin Bats)
  • Birmingham Elephants (Birmingham Miracle)
  • Charlotte Paws (Charlotte Panthers)
  • New Orleans Carnival (New Orleans Saints)
  • Richmond Cavaliers (Richmond Colonials)
  • St. Louis Goats (St. Louis Archers)
  • Tampa Bay Pirates (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

NSC West

  • Arizona Firebirds (Arizona Cardinals)
  • Los Angeles Pandas (Los Angeles Rams)
  • Portland Dougfirs (Portland Explorers)
  • Nebraska Lincolns (Nebraska Cyclones)
  • New Mexico Suns (New Mexico Scorpions)
  • San Francisco Nuggets (San Francisco 49ers)
  • Seattle Jaegers (Seattle Seahawks)**
  • Utah Bee Colonies (Utah Dinos)

*The Patriots sold the New England Revolution shortly after the NSL was founded.

** Jaeger is another name for a Skua, also called a Seahawk.

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Good Work TrueYankee26 on NFL's Soccer Spinoff now cool down on working on your alignments all the way to the year 2100 and head back to the past, so here are some suggestions if you want to do some alternate alignments from The Past, so here's the two that i'm going to see.

 

- Major League Baseball-Pacific Coast League Merger (from 1956)
- All 3 Football Leagues (AFL-NFL-CFL) going to Merge (from 1970)

 

And Maybe More!, Hopefully TrueYankee26 want to do new alignments from an alternate universe from the past!

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