For this historic day I decided to cover sports changes that are needed for the sports world to continue growth and the pursuit of happiness. In these tough times we have to do what is right and keep our energy focused on what is important. It is time for change my friends. There is no explanation to why we must suffer through bad officiating and unfair rules in our favorite sports. The time is now for change. Sports changes needed in the next four years:
NCAAF Playoff: Finally this subject is being saturated enough that it will be impossible for NCAAF officials to ignore it. We do not need a +1 format, we need a full playoff system of at least 8 teams but preferably 16. It’s frustrating that a team can be division one and not have any chance to compete for a Championship. This is like having the Cleveland Browns go undefeated but they can’t compete for the Championship, what sense does that make? A playoff system would not be as difficult to implement as stated by most media outlets. Every team would simply end their season around the time of the Big 10. The conference playoffs would still be played, and then the playoff system would start well before bowl season gets underway. The BCS bowls would be the last round and the runner up games would be in the other “BCS” Bowls. It’s time to finally get a playoff system in college football.
6 MLB Playoff Teams in AL & NL: Messing with the sanctity of baseball is not something that is looked highly upon by MLB fans, but it’s unavoidable in this situation. To think that 40 years ago there were not even playoffs in professional baseball, just the World Series. In 1969 there was the first NLCS and ALCS to decide the entrants to the fall classic. The Wild Card addition was made in 1994, and now 15 years later we need to add two more teams to the format. With this format the top two records in each league would receive a first round bye, which would help solve the problem with the worst Division’s winner getting off easy. The addition of the Wild Card in 1994 has shown that the more teams, the better the baseball. The MLB season is too long to only allow 8 teams into the playoffs. This change would benefit MLB in more revenue and benefit fans in more exciting baseball and allowing other teams the chance to compete for a World Series championship.
NFL’s Replay & What they Can “Review”: This year was a terrible one for officials and the NFL replay system. The Polamalu game ending touchdown that wasn’t, the Hochuli call during the Chargers/Broncos game, and many other terrible calls made NFL fans world wide cringe at the current setup of the NFL replay system in place. For starters, everything should be able to be reviewed. I don’t care if a whistle has blown or not, if a call is wrong it needs to be corrected. Secondly, there needs to be a better system of reviewing the film and upholding or changing the call on the field. How calls can be butchered even after being reviewed by “professionals” is beyond me. The NFl desperately needs to change the review system and what calls can be reviewed.
NFL Rookie Salaray Cap: Jamarcus Russell makes more than Tom Brady and Donavan McNabb, need I say more? The amount of gaurenteed cash for a first round NFL draft pick is getting out of hand and it is starting to create problems. Teams will soon not be able to afford to sign the overall 1st pick to a contract. NFL rookie contracts need to be restricted and should be more incentive based on performance than gaurenteed cash. The highest a 1st round draft pick can be signed for should be based around the average that position player makes in the league. Action needs to be taken by Roger Goodell.
MLB Salary Cap: Sorry New York Yankees, there needs to be a salary cap in baseball. Besides rare occurences of teams like the 2008 Tampa Bay Rays, most small market teams cannot compete with the big spenders in baseball. Some teams are cutting back spending due to the economy and they will not be able to offer salaries anywhere near those of Boston and New York teams. The salary cap has worked well in the NFL, and after a few years it would run smoothly in MLB as well.