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On 11/11/2018 at 9:50 AM, kiwi_canadian said:

NHL and IIHF:

 

- While some sunbelt teams just have not worked, I feel others have. With that though, I think we can all agree the Coyotes need to go. They have been a joke since day one. Move them to Hamilton. With that I'd move Columbus back to the West.

- Carolina moves back to Hartford with stable ownership and a new arena that is suitable for NHL use

- Seattle still gets their expansion team with the name Totems with a green and white colour scheme

- Florida moves to Quebec City and the Nordiques (with Adidas versions of their 1995 jerseys) are revived with all history reverting back to them from the Avalanche

- Wins-Losses-Ties are back, shootouts are gone and it goes from 5 minute 4v4 and if still tied, 5 minute 3v3 then a tie after that

- Icing goes to IIHF rule

- Playoffs are back to the old way with division semi finals --> division finals --> conference finals --> Stanley Cup finals

- have an agreement between the IOC, IIHF and NHL for player participation in the Olympics and make it last

- have a exhibition tournament between the Continental Cup winner, Champions League winner, KHL champion and Stanley Cup champion play for the Victoria Cup. Alternate the tournament between Europe and North America

- have a uniform system similar to the NBA with 4 jerseys. League (white), City (dark), Statement (alternate) and Heritage (this can either honor the team's history or hockey history within the city/state/province)... jersey names are not what I would necessarily suggest but to give an idea

- ads will NOT go on game jerseys

- The World Cup will not happen again

- season reduced by 20-30 games and season will start the same time as European games (September), playoffs end early this way

- IIHF World Championship will not be played during Olympic years for the top division (same as what happens in women's)

- European expansion will not happen

 

Major League Rugby, World Rugby & Rugby Canada:

 

- make it more mainstream with a major network TV deal in both Canada and the US

- Teams in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Ottawa, Quebec and Halifax (games played in CFL stadiums with areas covered to reduce seating)

- have a 7's tournament with the teams during the pre-season, alternate the location every year

- Rugby World Cup FINALLY comes to North America with co-hosting duties between Canada and the USA. Games in Canada are played in cities with MLR teams, US games in NFL stadiums, Canada gets half the quarter finals and one semi final and bronze medal game, US gets other half and final

- Get rid of the old boys club and fix the issues within Rugby Canada for the men's side of things... women's side seems to be doing pretty well for themselves

- expand the Rugby World Cup to 24 teams

 

 

 

Yes to all of this for the hockey world!  I would come back to the NHL as a fan if all of this was put in place.  

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On 11/11/2018 at 11:50 AM, kiwi_canadian said:

- While some sunbelt teams just have not worked, I feel others have. With that though, I think we can all agree the Coyotes need to go. They have been a joke since day one. Move them to Hamilton. With that I'd move Columbus back to the West.

- Carolina moves back to Hartford with stable ownership and a new arena that is suitable for NHL use

 

I have a better idea with Phoenix: Contract the current Jets, consider them part of the Thrashers franchise (history-wise), and move the Coyotes back to Winnipeg, re-naming them the Jets (the real Jets, not some team that should have been called something else). Also, I would bring back the old unis that they had before they moved to Phoenix.

 

As for Carolina, I think I would just get rid of them. I don't know about bringing back the Whale.

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I know this won't make me popular, but I'm doing this for me.  I would fold the NBA, eliminate playoffs in all sports, or at least make them a round-robin tournament, and make intentional walks automatic.  The pitcher or catcher signals the ump and points to first and the batter goes down there.

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On 2/3/2019 at 8:48 AM, BringBackTheVet said:

 

That might work for you, but I'd imagine Brewers fans might not like that idea after so many years (pre and post the AL era) of being an NL city.


I think Brewers fans would be fine playing in the AL Central if it led to more playoff ball in Milwaukee.  As satisfying as it was to beat the Cubs at Wrigley for the NL Central, it's a lot harder to compete against them and the Cardinals every year.  

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Sex crimes (e.g., statutory rape, rape, child molestation, possession of child pornography, etc.) would be an automatic lifetime ban from the sport. If you’re in the Hall of Fame, you would be removed.

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1 hour ago, SFGiants58 said:

Sex crimes (e.g., statutory rape, rape, child molestation, possession of child pornography, etc.) would be an automatic lifetime ban from the sport. If you’re in the Hall of Fame, you would be removed.

 

I go entirely the other way. Enshrinement in a sport's hall of fame must not be regarded as an endorsement of a player's character or as an approval of his off-the-field behaviour. It should be based upon quality of play alone.

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22 minutes ago, Ferdinand Cesarano said:

 

I go entirely the other way. Enshrinement in a sport's hall of fame must not be regarded as an endorsement of a player's character or as an approval of his off-the-field behaviour. It should be based upon quality of play alone.

 

Disagree.  It's the hall of fame, not "hall of awesome players".  I have no problem with a great player that never actually contributed to a winner and just kinda blended in being excluded from the Hall, while I have no problem with a player that was very highly thought of and respected for whatever reason (a few significantly / memorable moments, incredible community outreach, etc) being included.

 

I disagree that writers should be the gatekeepers - we've seen how idiots from St. Louis can corrupt the whole thing - but I don't have a better solution.

 

I disagree that there should be automatic exclusions - it should always be left up to whoever is in charge of the election.

 

I don't know what to do in the case where a guy is universally loved and acclaimed and then is found to have beheaded 30 women and had sex with their headless necks.  I'm not sure it's so easy to just remove them, but it's obviously wrong to continue to celebrate them.

 

At the end of the day, HOFs don't matter, and are really there just for fans.  Whether a guy is in or out is totally irrelevant to anything that actually matters. 

 

 

 

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6 minutes ago, BringBackTheVet said:

At the end of the day, HOFs don't matter, and are really there just for fans.  Whether a guy is in or out is totally irrelevant to anything that actually matters. 

 

Well, OK; but, from the strictly utilitarian standpoint, all cultural things  — sport, music, art, cuisine — don't matter.  

Anyway, the only point of a hall of fame is to say "these are the players who were great in this game".  Such an institution should deal in an honest recounting of a sport's history; and this must include all of the greatest players, not only those of the greatest players who were also nice fellows.

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Of course there will always be people who did sketchy things off the field in places of celebration. But sex crimes and murder, to me at least, go beyond the “reasonable expectations.”

 

It’s like the saying, “If you build many bridges but fuçk one goat, you’ll be remembered as a goat fuçker.” A Hall of Fame or a field of play is no place for a goat :censored:er.

 

I don’t want their records removed or them to get the full damnatio memoraie. Just strip them of their place in a museum celebrating them. Nobody wants to honor people like Jimmy Saville or Bill Cosby, so why should it be any different for sports?

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12 minutes ago, SFGiants58 said:

Nobody wants to honor people like Jimmy Saville or Bill Cosby, so why should it be any different for sports?

 

It feels different to me because sports alone involve objectively measurable contributions. 

Bill Cosby's participation in the culture as an actor and comedian depended entirely upon the audience buying into his persona. For this reason, enjoying his work in light of his crimes has become just about impossible. But no such consideration accompanies the appreciation of a ballplayer's accomplishments. 

We now know that Joe D. hit his wife.  Honus Wagner and Rogers Hornsby were outspoken racists who certainly stopped any possibility of the integration of baseball during their day. Ty Cobb was a particularly violent racist (notwithstanding a recent attempt at ahistorical revisionism).  These are serious flaws.  But it would be improper to use these flaws as a reason to ignore these players in a museum whose purpose is the recognition the sport's best. 

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12 minutes ago, Ferdinand Cesarano said:

 

It feels different to me because sports alone involve objectively measurable contributions. 

Bill Cosby's participation in the culture as an actor and comedian depended entirely upon the audience buying into his persona. For this reason, enjoying his work in light of his crimes has become just about impossible. But no such consideration accompanies the appreciation of a ballplayer's accomplishments. 

 

While the objective measures part is true, there has to be a level of question ability when you say “let’s look beyond him raping children or murdering innocent people.” 

 

You also didn’t mention the kind of crimes I’m talking about, such as child molestation, rape, and murder. When somebody does something that horrible, whether they did it as a player or not, removing them from a position of honor is a good idea. When you cross that line, the crime (or the system that allowed them to continue without intervention) should be the predominant memory of them.

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The absolute first two things I’d do:

 

Bring back running over the catcher

 

Bring back breaking up double plays

 

Now you literally see guys stop in their tracks and just give up. Its sad

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On 3/1/2019 at 1:29 AM, McGlinchey23 said:

The absolute first two things I’d do:

 

Bring back running over the catcher

 

Bring back breaking up double plays

 

Now you literally see guys stop in their tracks and just give up. Its sad

 

How is running into the catcher part of the game?  It was a weird thing where in one very specific situation, the rules completely changed and put the catchers at great (unnecessary) risk.

 

Same with breaking up a double play - how is sliding 5-feet away from the base in an attempt to spike the short stop in the balls a part of the game?

 

Basically, you just enjoy seeing people get hurt.

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3 hours ago, BringBackTheVet said:

 

How is running into the catcher part of the game?  It was a weird thing where in one very specific situation, the rules completely changed and put the catchers at great (unnecessary) risk.

 

Same with breaking up a double play - how is sliding 5-feet away from the base in an attempt to spike the short stop in the balls a part of the game?

 

Basically, you just enjoy seeing people get hurt.

How is something that was literally a part of the game for 100 years “not a part of the game?” I understand arguments against those two things but that has to be the worst one.

 

“how is sliding 5-feet away from the base in an attempt to spike the short stop in the balls a part of the game?”

To make it harder for the infielder to throw your teammate out at first. Middle infielders and baserunners always had that combat zone where the fielder had to earn it in order to make that play.

 

“How is running into the catcher part of the game?”

How isnt it? To get to home plate you had to get through the catcher, who is completely padded, for eons. It was just simply part of the game.

 

I understand arguments to eliminate them and make it safer for players. I disagree, but I understand them. In changing them though, you’re changing the game, not taking something out that was never a part of it.

Do I enjoy seeing people get hurt? Just because I agree with a rule involving contact means I enjoy watching them get hurt? I enjoy watching football. People get hurt playing football all the time. According to you that means I get pleasure out of every torn ACL.

 

 

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3 hours ago, McGlinchey23 said:

How is something that was literally a part of the game for 100 years “not a part of the game?” I understand arguments against those two things but that has to be the worst one.

 

“how is sliding 5-feet away from the base in an attempt to spike the short stop in the balls a part of the game?”

To make it harder for the infielder to throw your teammate out at first. Middle infielders and baserunners always had that combat zone where the fielder had to earn it in order to make that play.

 

“How is running into the catcher part of the game?”

How isnt it? To get to home plate you had to get through the catcher, who is completely padded, for eons. It was just simply part of the game.

Sliding spikes up 5 feet off the bag with no intention of making it to the bag has no place in baseball. Yeah, it was part of the game, but people started getting hurt because of it. It needed to go. You can still go hard into second to break up the double play, but you have to make an attempt to stay on a path to the bag. Sliding with the goal to take someone’s legs out is way too dangerous to be allowed. 

 

At home plate, why should the runners be able to take out the catcher? They aren’t allowed to plow over the third baseman to be safe at third, why does home get special rules? That inch thick chest pad? That’s not even close to enough to brace against a runner barreling full force while the catcher is standing still. There’s not really a good reason FOR allowing home plate collisions. If the catcher doesn’t have the ball, or it’s just getting to him, you can slide to avoid him. If the catcher already had the ball? You deserve to be out. If the catcher has the ball so early that he’s had time to get it in his glove and turn to face you, you should’ve stopped at third. 

 

The thing is, these rules don’t change the game. Baseball is still baseball. The pitcher throws it, the batter hits it, and the fielders try to field it while the batter runs the bases. It’s still the same game, but now two of the most unnecessarily dangerous plays are removed

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9 hours ago, jn8 said:

Sliding spikes up 5 feet off the bag with no intention of making it to the bag has no place in baseball. Yeah, it was part of the game, but people started getting hurt because of it. It needed to go. You can still go hard into second to break up the double play, but you have to make an attempt to stay on a path to the bag. Sliding with the goal to take someone’s legs out is way too dangerous to be allowed. 

 

At home plate, why should the runners be able to take out the catcher? They aren’t allowed to plow over the third baseman to be safe at third, why does home get special rules? That inch thick chest pad? That’s not even close to enough to brace against a runner barreling full force while the catcher is standing still. There’s not really a good reason FOR allowing home plate collisions. If the catcher doesn’t have the ball, or it’s just getting to him, you can slide to avoid him. If the catcher already had the ball? You deserve to be out. If the catcher has the ball so early that he’s had time to get it in his glove and turn to face you, you should’ve stopped at third. 

 

The thing is, these rules don’t change the game. Baseball is still baseball. The pitcher throws it, the batter hits it, and the fielders try to field it while the batter runs the bases. It’s still the same game, but now two of the most unnecessarily dangerous plays are removed

Thats a good argument. I just personally would rather have them both back. It made sense to me ¯\_(ツ)_/¯, and I thought it was very exciting. 

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If I ruled sports (Part 1) -  NBA Edition:

- 32 Teams (30 Current + 2 "expansion" teams)

- Relocations: OKC back to Seattle (Supersonics), Memphis back to Vancouver (Grizzlies), New Orleans back to OKC*, Utah back to New Orleans (Jazz) 😁 

- Expansion: Utah Stars, Memphis Bobcats

- 2 Conferences (East, West). 4 Divisions (Atlantic, Central, Midwest, Pacific)

- Atlantic: Heat, Hawks, Knicks, Nets. Celtics, Magic, 76ers, Wizards

- Central: Hornets, Raptors, Pacers, Pistons, Bucks, Bobcats, Bulls, Cavs

- Midwest: T'Wolves, Jazz, Stars, Mavs, Rockets, Spurs, Nuggets, Thunder

- Pacific: Sonics, Blazers, Grizzlies, Kings, Lakers, Warriors, Clippers, Suns

- Playoffs: Top 8 from each conference

- All Star back to East-West format

- No Jersey Ads. NBA logo back on FRONT on right side. Manufacture logo on back of jersey.

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On 11/18/2018 at 12:00 PM, mamiller99 said:

MLB

  • Be definitive on the DH rule
  • 8 teams make the playoffs per each league
  • Put Pete Rose in the Hall of Fame
  • Away jerseys can be any color other than white
  • Certain teams can wear tinted white jerseys if they are the home team
  • Put on a MiLB game on the MLB Network per week

MLS

  • Get rid of the Super Draft, it is silly for a draft to be in soccer
  • Increase the salary cap to be somewhat closer to the other professional sports leagues
  • Let the Canadian teams move to the Canadian Premier League to increase soccer hype in Canada
  • Align the schedule to be compliant with the other CONCACAF leagues
  • Let each team chose their jersey manufacturer
  • Promotion/Relegation would be neat

NBA

  • Lower the salary cap to limit the creation of super teams
  • Lessen the number of fouls in general; players should only receive a foul if their action presents a danger to the safety of another player
  • Teams are allowed 3 jerseys: primary, clash, and third jersey
  • Require all-draft eligible players to be upperclassmen in college or be age-equivalent

NCAA

  • All football conferences must have 10 teams
  • Install an NFL style scheduling for OOC games
  • Allow for all service academies, Notre Dame, and BYU to be independent
  • Create a larger bracket for the College Football Playoffs
  • Schools must have a winning record in order to be eligible for a non-playoff bowl game
  • Move all FCS schools to create a new DII
  • Move collegiate sprint football to the spring, and strongly recommend regular schools to create sprint football
  • Current DII and DIII programs are moved to create a new NAIA
  • Restructure March Madness to follow the new DII and NAIA
  • NCAA Baseball players must use wooden bats
  • Increase funding to allow for the creation of more legitimate DI hockey programs

NFL

  • Abolish the one helmet rule
  • Change overtime rules to follow NCAA standards
  • Move all games to be on Sunday and Monday, except for Thanksgiving between Detroit and Dallas
  • No more ties
  • Create a minor league for the development of college prospects
  • Contracts must be more player friendly
  • Let the All-Star game be played internationally

Looking over your ideas I wanted to give some input:

MLB - Pete Rose bet on games when doing so was against the rules, he should not be in the Hall when he knowingly broke rules. MiLB is always coming up with weird uniforms, names and other gimmicks to get attention. If I know the Missions game at  Charlotte will be on next Wednesday, I might try catching that game rather than watching a rerun of Eight Men Out. 

 

MLS - The Superdraft may actually be on it's way out. Allowing the richer teams the ability to spend more freely will create a gap between them and the smaller market teams that give a damn, and New England who don't seem to care they have a team anymore. For the calendar, I'm surprised more Concacacf teams don't switch to the US calendar since it would enable the smaller teams competing in the top leagues, like Antigua FC (Guatemala) more use of their stadiums due to longer days. Antigua's stadium does not have lights and that's the norm for older stadiums for teams not named Communicaciones and Municipal. Pro/Rel is just another way to force owners to spend money desperately, thus putting them further in the whole if the salary cap rises. I really hope MLS doesn't give Nike or adidas exclusive uniform rights in 2026, just so we see some variety among the teams. Even if they did a joint bid and each picked out a set amount of teams it would allow for more uniforms options than team color uniform an white uniforms. 

 

NBA - The players won't let the league restrict movement but the easiest way to restrain the movement is to raise the luxury tax. Golden State lucked out with team friendly contracts as well but eventually they will face the truth that they can't keep the core of the team and count on veterans signing for $3 million/year just to get a ring. For the draft, get rid of one and done. If they go from high school and don't get picked they should be good enough to play in Europe or the G League. 

 

NCAA FB - I'd cap leagues at 12 but that means for all sports, not just football. If you're playing ACC football, you're playing ACC in every other sport unless they don't have it, i.e. swimming/diving. Forcing Div. III to add scholarships and Div. II to lose them won't help with sports. Malone University moved up to Div. II a few years ago to take advantage of better competition and have failed so far. As a result, football got dropped to make up for financial deficits. Mount Union can probably move up to Div. II and dominate, but if they move over to the NAIA, we'll all complain about them as much as we do about Alabama. I'm also for adding more teams to the playoffs, but first the NCAA needs to actually take control of them and seed them the same way it does every other football playoffs. People that complain about taking away from every game matter tend to forget that if Citadel vs Alabama truly mattered it wouldn't be played in November. 

 

NFL - I like the overtime change to match college but I would suggest starting at their own 40 yard line rather than the 25 yard line of the opponent. Thursday night games were cool when they only happen twice a year. Now, they actually risk player injury due to having a compressed week between a Sunday game and a Thursday night game. I'm kind of on the fence about ties. If you've played five quarters and can't decide a winner, just call it a day. I would add the five minutes back on though. It seems making overtime ten minutes would affect the play calling. 

 

On 1/27/2019 at 7:47 PM, DiePerske said:

I wouldnt mind giving the NFL a fixed schedule.

 

 

Weeks 1-4

 

AFC v NFC

 

Weeks 5-6 Crossover weeks ( play the team that finished the same place as you in previous division)

 

Weeks 7-11 Division v Division week+ Bye (Conference wide. NFC Week 8, AFC week 9. Switch every other year)

 

Weeks 12-17 Divisional Games

I like this setup. 

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MLS


Go back to American style names.

 

Like for instance:

Toronto FC -> Toronto Falcons

Sporting KC -> Kansas City Wizards
FC Dallas -> Dallas Sidekicks or Dallas Burn
NYCFC -> New York Cosmos

FC Cincinnati -> Cincinnati Monarchs

LAFC -> LA Guardians

Real Salt Lake -> Salt Lake Highlanders

Orlando City SC -> Orlando Lions

Atlanta United -> Atlanta Chiefs/Apollos/Silverbacks

DC United -> Washington Diplomats

Philadelphia Union -> Philadelphia Snakes

Minnesota United -> Minnesota Loons

NY/NJ Red Bulls -> NJ MetroStars

Houston Dynamo(s)

San Jose Earthquakes

Colorado Rapids

LA Galaxy

Seattle Sounders

Portland Timbers

Vancouver Whitecaps

Chicago Fire

Montreal Impact

New England Revolution

Columbus Crew

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