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Old 05-26-20, 03:51 PM
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So a 24 team playoff? Weird.
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The 24-team plan would see the top-4 clubs of the Eastern and Western Conference play separate mini round-robin tournaments to determine seeding for the playoffs. The other eight teams in each conference would play best-of-five "play-in" qualifying series to determine the 16 clubs left standing.

Bettman says the first- and second-round playoff matchups could be either best-of-five or best-of-seven series, but the conference finals and Stanley Cup final will be best-of-seven.

As for the possibility of finishing play in hub cities, Bettman says 10 teams/cities are still in the running to be the two hubs the league is expecting to return to. The list includes Chicago, Columbus, Dallas, Edmonton, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, Toronto and Vancouver.
Old 05-26-20, 04:18 PM
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Old 05-26-20, 08:19 PM
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24 Team return? That is....unexpected.
I've been reading up on this for the past week and here is where it stands now. The top 4 seeds in each conference will play a round robin and they will reseed them from 1 to 4 in the East and West. The other 8 teams from each conference will play a best of 5 preliminary round. That will setup the 16 teams for the traditional 4 round playoffs. That way the 8 teams (who essentially get a bye) will be playing in games so they are not sitting at home and rusty while the 16 teams are playing the first round. Plus it gives the NHL more TV money (this is what it's all about) as they are supposed to get 500 million in TV revenue for the playoffs.

Nothing is perfect after the virus took the whole sports world down, but (as a Flyers fan), I'm fine with this.
Old 05-26-20, 11:12 PM
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The quality of the ice is going to be an issue - especially if they choose to play in the warmer climate cities.
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The quality of the ice is going to be an issue - especially if they choose to play in the warmer climate cities.
Bull. The Golden Knights played for the Stanley Cup in 100+ degree heat in a packed arena. Ice quality was never an issue.
Old 05-27-20, 11:25 AM
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Bull. The Golden Knights played for the Stanley Cup in 100+ degree heat in a packed arena. Ice quality was never an issue.
Uummmm:

Ice melting to slush in Vegas heat at Stanley Cup Final
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Setting aside ice quality issues, whether they exist or not, the sheet hosting these games is gonna get one hell of a workout. If you've got twelve teams playing more or less simultaneously - four in a round-robin seeding tourney and eight paired up in four best-of-five knockout series.... then even assuming that only half of the teams play on a given day (assuring everyone of a day off between games) you're still looking at three games a day for as many as ten days. Okay, mathematically there are 12-20 play-in games and 6 round-robin games over ten days, so we're talking anywhere from 1.8 to 2.6 games, on average, on a given day. Vegas (and every other playoff site) hosted ONE game per night, and at most TWO games in three nights before having a break of 4-8 days before the next game. Sure, the facility needs to be up-to-snuff and able to host that many games in that short a period of time, but the infrastructure needs to be robust enough to handle that kind of volume. Vegas has plenty of hotel rooms, but does she have training, practice, and recovery facilities for the six teams NOT playing today to use? Maybe yes, maybe no. But that's what's needed.... not just a decent sheet of ice that can put up with heavy use, but the type of hockey infrastructure already in place to support two months of this type of use.
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That's interesting. I stand corrected. It was never a story here, as far as I remember (and I was at Game 2). Maybe they fixed it after Game 1?
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Setting aside ice quality issues, whether they exist or not, the sheet hosting these games is gonna get one hell of a workout. If you've got twelve teams playing more or less simultaneously - four in a round-robin seeding tourney and eight paired up in four best-of-five knockout series.... then even assuming that only half of the teams play on a given day (assuring everyone of a day off between games) you're still looking at three games a day for as many as ten days. Okay, mathematically there are 12-20 play-in games and 6 round-robin games over ten days, so we're talking anywhere from 1.8 to 2.6 games, on average, on a given day. Vegas (and every other playoff site) hosted ONE game per night, and at most TWO games in three nights before having a break of 4-8 days before the next game. Sure, the facility needs to be up-to-snuff and able to host that many games in that short a period of time, but the infrastructure needs to be robust enough to handle that kind of volume. Vegas has plenty of hotel rooms, but does she have training, practice, and recovery facilities for the six teams NOT playing today to use? Maybe yes, maybe no. But that's what's needed.... not just a decent sheet of ice that can put up with heavy use, but the type of hockey infrastructure already in place to support two months of this type of use.
Two practice rinks in their training facility in Summerlin. Unfortunately the Henderson facility for their new AHL team isn't ready yet (and won't be for a year or two).
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That's interesting. I stand corrected. It was never a story here, as far as I remember (and I was at Game 2). Maybe they fixed it after Game 1?
Yea, I believe they got it under control for the most part. But even if there are no stoppages due to bad ice conditions, the standards for what's acceptable are definitely reduced.
It's one of the issues with the NHL playoffs going deeper into spring - the ice conditions aren't stellar and the gameplay is affected. It's not just in the south, we see this in Canada as well.

Now, the lack of fans will help keep the temperatures down to some degree - but it only does so much.
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https://deadline.com/2020/05/english...17-1202945318/

EPL will resume next month. Extended TV broadcasts.
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https://www.chron.com/sports/article...s-15301061.php

Texas is allowing fans to attend outdoor sporting events at 25% capacity maximum.
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Well for the average Texan math ability, that means 110% capacity!
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The Bundesliga has been playing live behind closed doors for three weeks now.

The M’Gladbach /Union Berlin match on now has fake people in the stands.
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The Bundesliga has been playing live behind closed doors for three weeks now.

The MíGladbach /Union Berlin match on now has fake people in the stands.

All the Foal's matches since the restart have had the cutout in the stands. Supporters were able to pay and provide their likenesses, as if they were in the stands as they normally would be.

It certainly didn't help in their first home match, an embarrassing performance vs. Bayer, but was still nice to see. At least they played much better this week. Of course, the coach got the lineup correct, which helps. Third on GD provisionally, pending the meteorite match later today, Koln v. RB.
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Given the breakdown in negotiations between the league and the players, it's looking more and more likely there will not be a 2020 MLS season.
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I think I got refunded from Direct TV for MLS Direct Kick in case they do postpone the season.

Is everything written in stone for the EPL to return later this month? What about the Championship League(or whatever it's called)?
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I think that itís sad and funny at the same time that in a year the NHL lets 24 of the 31 teams into the playoffs, the teams from California make up three of the seven that are staying home.
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It was bound to happen but the Notre Dame/Navy game has been moved from Dublin Ireland to Annapolis, MD
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Lewandoski and MŁller both picked up their fifth yellow today in their match vs. Leverkusen and will miss next week’s game vs. M’Gladbach.
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Is everything written in stone for the EPL to return later this month? What about the Championship League(or whatever it's called)?
From what Iíve been reading, the EPL is set to resume Wed. June 17.
Liverpool had been scheduled to play Everton on Sunday the 21st., donít know for sure if thatís still the plan.
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California is going to allow sports to be play as soon as June 12th. But, it really only affects baseball right now.

The Lakers and Clippers are going to Orlando for potentially 3 months.

The Kings and Ducks seasons are over.

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Pro baseball in Taiwan is now ramping up close to full capacity, and no mask will be required once you are in your assigned seat. They have been the model of consistency in this pandemic as there has been no new cases for over 50 days now (April 12).

As a side note, and understandably, any outside visitors / tourists going to Taiwan are required to quarantine in a hotel room for 14 days. International tourism are more or less pointless if you will end up holed up in a room for two weeks as part of the "vacation".

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