Baloo LSU Fan Formerly MDGeaux Member since Sep 2003 46373 posts
re: If you were pro sports czar for a day...(Posted by Baloo on 12/11/12 at 8:55 am to CunningLinguist)
Murder Gary Bettman and return hockey.
But actual rule changes for each sport...
FOOTBALL Allow defensive backs to make contact before the ball is thrown again. Go back to 1970s rules in the passing game, essentially.
BASKETBALL Widen and lengthen the court. Owners will howl from lost ticket sales, but the players are so much bigger and there is no space. Make the court bigger to allow for more creativity on the court.
SOCCER Eliminate offside when the ball is with 20 yards of the goal. Force defenders to actually play defense instead of just stepping forward. It's exploiting a hole in the rulebook, and it rewards not playing soccer.
BASEBALL Any reliever that comes in to the game must face at least two batters before he can be removed, unless he is injured.
HOCKEY Actually enforce interference. The neutral zone trap is illegal. As that's not really a rule change, I'd also add no touch icing.
Football: The NFL is pretty good as is, but I would give consideration to moving MNF back to ABC. I would keep the regular season schedule, but I'd cut the pre-season from four games to two. I would encourage coaches to wear suits on the sidelines.
NBA: I'd give the "Jazz" name back to New Orleans and the "Hornets" name back to Charlotte. Lakers also need to find a new name. I would shorten the season, reduce the number of teams in the playoffs, and shorten the length of the first round or two of playoffs. Seriously, the NBA season and post-season are ridiculously bloated.
MLB: Shorten the season. The World Series must end before Halloween. I'd abolish the DH. I would do something to speed up the game (maybe introduce a pitch clock). I like the idea about making all pitchers face a batter unless they are injured. Any new stadiums must be serviced by public transportation for approval.