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HOW TO FIX PRO-

SPORTS
By Cory Collins
Why Change?
 Every professional sports league has
room for improvement
 Television ratings in most sports are
highly volatile and often decreasing
 Exceptions?
 Attendance is down in most leagues
overall
 Costs to attend sporting events are more
expensive than ever
Why Does This Help You?
 Shows you have an
understanding of
a wide range of
sports, not just
hockey, golf.
 Great conversation
starter, fodder.
 Makes you more
passionate about
the sports you
love
 Maybe not as
passionate as
this kid though
Assumptions
 Try to keep all changes in the realm of
realistic possibilities
 ie. Paying all players in pro sports $100,000 /
year isn’t happening!
 Has to improve fan experience or financial
viability of the league overall
 Has to be a long term solution
What would you change?

 How would you fix the NHL’s financial


issues?

 How would you improve MLB’s


competitive imbalance?

 How would you improve the Fed Ex Cup?


NHL
 FIRE GARY BETTMAN
2 lockouts
 Overexpansion
 Erosion of ratings
 Relocate 3 franchises
and contract Canada to
Winnipeg, Quebec City,
Hamilton
 Contract 3 franchises
 Pickfrom Phoenix,
Florida, Nashville,
Anaheim, Tampa Bay,
Dallas .
 Dispersal draft for
contracted teams
NHL
 End up with league of 24 teams
 12 in each conference
 3 divisions with 4 teams in each division
per conference
 Home and away with each team in
opposite conference
 Outdoor game in US city on new year’s
day and outdoor game in Canada on
Hockey Day in Canada
NBA
 Top 7 teams in conference
after 70 games make
playoffs.
 Remaining 16 teams get
ranked by their
standing and play a
single elimination
tourney until top 2
teams are left, they
make the playoffs
 Top team in each
conference based on
points picks its
opponent from teams 5-
8 in conference, then
NFL
 Most profitable sports
league in North
America
 TV Revenue
 Revenue Sharing
 Non Guaranteed
Contracts
 Rookie Salary Cap
 1stoverall picks
become highest
paid players in the
league immediately
 Use NBA/NHL model
MLB
 SALARY CAP!
 Revenue Sharing
 Extra 2 wildcard
teams so 6 teams
make it in AL and NL
 Top division winners
play lowest
wildcard, etc.
NCAA Football
 PLAYOFF SYSTEM
 US government
looking at forcing
playoff
 Top 8 ranked teams
make the playoffs
 Tieit in to the bowl
structure for
naming purposes if
desired
 Doesn’t eliminate the
other 1000 bowl
NCAA Basketball
 Perfect regular season
and playoff season.
Don’t touch it!!!
 Rumours of going to
more teams in
tournament
 Collaboration with NBA
that if you go to
college you have to
play minimum 3 years.
 NFL has this rule in
effect
PGA Tour
 PGA Championship
moves back to match
play format
 Used to be match-play
 Gives it a true identity
like the other majors
already have
 FedEx Cup
 Once playoffs start use
aggregate scores, not
points.
 Make Tour
Championship a match
Review

 What if any changes did you like best?


 How can this information help you?