November 21, 2014

How to improve the NFL season

 

 

 

 

The days of the perennially dominant team in the NFL are, and have been, over for quite some time now, due to the collective bargaining agreement and salary cap restrictions that threw wide open the doors to the free agency system and has very successfully accomplished the purpose of creating parity that is almost unparalleled in any other major professional sport.

 

This, and the expansion of the playoffs to include wild card teams and divisional and conference championship games in order to qualify for the Super Bowl, has made the entire regular season schedule relevant and has made the last four games of the season very exciting for fans as different playoff scenarios unfold and shift with each game. It has also increased the selections available for free bonus bets. You can also check here at http://www.bookmakersfreebets.com.au for Australian bookies if you like betting on Aussie Sports.

 

The current system has made it possible for average teams to get more competitive through free agent acquisitions and the salary cap has meant that no single team can exert the dominance that was presented by the Pittsburgh Steelers when they won four Super Bowls in the last half of the 1970s.

 

There was an immediate payoff to the expansion of the playoffs in 1981, when the Oakland Raiders qualified as a wild card and defeated the heavily favoured Philadelphia Eagles, mainly on the strength of the performance of Raiders running back Marcus Allen in a game that has often been referred to as The Marcus Allen Show.

 

There is still room for improvement in the current system.

 

When a division winner plays in a weak division and qualifies for the playoffs and at least partial home field advantage with a .500 record, whilst a team in a stronger division might be in jeopardy of not getting into the playoffs with an 11-5 record, something is amiss.

 

It would also be nice if there were something that prohibited a team with a playoff spot secured early in the season from putting in desultory efforts in the waning weeks of the regular season.

 

My proposal would entail something that would make it possible for the team with the best overall record to host the Super Bowl. A system that handles ties similar to the current system in place and produces a Super Bowl with a home field advantage for one of the teams would ensure excitement down to the very last minute of the very last regular season game.

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