It is just one more expansion of the playoff structure in order to generate more revenue. When the divisional playoffs began, they were the best of five. Then, the argument that the World Series was seven was used to expand them to seven. Then there was the expansion to three divisions and including the wild card. Now, the wild card is a one game playoff and it will not be long before it will be expanded to a three game playoff. Remember that the famous playoff between the Dodgers and Giants in 1951 was a three game series. The constant demand for additional revenue will continue to the be driver for even more expanded playoffs. I was happy with three game playoffs and do not believe that baseball should be played in November.
When this was first announced, I had trouble making up my mind about it. Now that one actually exists, I can't say I'm a fan. Here's how the new format works: Both leagues get an extra Wild Card team, meaning the two non-division winners with the best records technically make it into the playoffs. The two Wild Card winners then get to fight a head to head battle series to the death!!! What's at stake? The right to play against the division winners and … more
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