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Date Posted: 16:10:30 02/20/17 Mon
Since when is fairness the objective? Or determining the "best" team? All red herrings. This is a league that doesn't break ties when two or three teams have the same record at the top of the standings - it is obvious that they don't care who is "objectively" the "best."
The idea that the old system was "fair" is only an opinion. It doesn't take into account the fact that Saturday games have different officiating pools than Friday games. it doesn't take into account weather disruptions which can affect travel in the northeast (like the recent snowstorm) and disproportionately hurt the southern teams traveling in adverse conditions.
The fairness concept doesn't take into considerations the imbalance of home/road games at the early point of the season, which can affect which teams get off to better starts than others.
The fairness concept doesn't take into consideration exam schedule differences, etc. etc.
It's a made up argument, one of conjecture and not based in objectivity.
What is true is that the current setup is best to keep alumni and students engaged with Ivy League basketball on all 8 campuses (campi?), as well as provide maximum exposure to the eventual NCAA representative on ESPN's family of networks.
The previous format never accomplished this.
If the league is serious about being a division one conference, this is more important than the "fairness" and "objectively the best" issues.
Otherwise, D-3 is the answer. They don't care about attendance, publicity or anything else... so if that's the model you want...
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