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By RICK BELZ | November 2, 1994
The new format for the soccer and volleyball playoffs creates universal eligibility but costs more for transportation.That's one reason that Don Disney, Howard County's supervisor of athletics, has reservations about the format."
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By Chris Dufresne Tribune Newspapers | January 10, 2012
— Hours after a 21-0 championship game and the conclusion of a bowl season that registered a downturn in television ratings, Bowl Championship Series conference commissioners met in a downtown hotel Tuesday to discuss possible changes to the postseason model. Could you blame them? The 14-year run of the BCS, which has two more years under the current contract, seems to have run its course. At the 2008 spring meetings, commissioners voted down a four-team playoff proposal offered by the Southeastern and Atlantic Coast conferences.
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,SUN STAFF | September 5, 1997
NEW YORK -- New York Yankees manager Joe Torre is not afraid to admit that the playoff format is not fair to the division-leading Orioles, but he still hopes to take advantage of it to defend his club's 1996 world championship."
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Peter Schmuck | October 30, 2010
Don't know about you, but I can't wait for the first Thanksgiving World Series. Think about it. The turkey roasting in the oven. Jon Miller and Joe Morgan sizing up the Yankees and whoever. The kids wearing Pilgrim hats with a big orange "O" on the front and an Esskay Meats logo on the side from the first pre-wild card, intradivisional round of the playoffs. Okay, there'll be the one cousin who doesn't want to miss the Cowboys game, but you can tell him to go upstairs and watch it on the little TV in one of the bedrooms.
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By Jeff Seidel and Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 22, 1996
The new open playoff format could not have come at a better time for Carroll County girls lacrosse teams.The county lacrosse programs all are in various phases of transition this year from two-year state finalist Liberty to a Westminster team that won once last season and should benefit from the reduced pressure the new format brings.Since all teams are eligible for the state postseason tournament, early victories aren't quite as important as in years past where any loss could damage playoff hopes.
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By Lem Satterfield and Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF | April 27, 2002
With an eye on the future, a subcommittee of the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association withdrew a proposal yesterday that would expand the high school football playoff format. With state officials balking at the plan because of growing financial and logistical concerns, the MPSSAA's football committee intends on reintroducing a revised measure in December that, if it wins approval, could go into effect for the fall of 2003. The proposal that was withdrawn yesterday at the semi-annual meeting of the MPSSAA's Board of Control in Ocean City calls for a nine-game regular-season schedule for teams that qualify for the single-elimination playoffs, which would be expanded from 32 teams (eight per classification)
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By Edward Lee and Edward Lee,Staff Writer | August 26, 1993
As far as the Orioles are concerned, the current major-league playoff format should remain for a long, long time.Many Orioles players said they would prefer preserving the four division winners, even though expansion of the playoffs could mean more TV revenue -- and more opportunity for postseason play -- for them."
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July 14, 2002
Why did Preston have to belittle Dixon? Mike Preston's article concerning Juan Dixon's place in the draft was hard to digest ["Dixon easy to like but hard to digest as 17th-best player," June 18]. Here we have a young man who has conquered a tough beginning and not only made the grade at Maryland, but also was Player of the Year in the Atlantic Coast Conference, an elite conference, only to be put down by Mr. Preston. Here was a warm, feel-good story about a young man making his dream come true.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,SUN STAFF | October 4, 2001
After two weeks of complicated negotiations, the NFL has struck a deal with the National Automobile Dealers Association that will push the Super Bowl back to Feb. 3 and enable the league to retain its 12-team playoff format. The NFL will pay the car dealers $7.5 million to switch dates in the Louisiana Superdome and agreed to match NADA contributions of up to $500,000 to the Sept. 11 relief efforts. That outcome beat the alternatives by a wide margin. Options included eliminating the wild-card round and reducing the playoff field to eight teams, a decision that would have precipitated a rebate of as much as $80 million to the TV networks.
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By Phil Rogers | September 26, 2010
Outside of Game 7 of the World Series or league championship series, there's no more dramatic situation in baseball than a Game 163, when teams tied at the end of the regular season play a win-or-go-home game to see who survives. These used to be rare, but the current playoff format has produced them three years in a row, and all three games — Rockies over Padres; White Sox over Twins and Twins over Tigers — were little classics. There's a decent chance for another of them — and maybe even the goofiest scenario of all (more on that later)
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By Phil Rogers | September 26, 2010
Outside of Game 7 of the World Series or league championship series, there's no more dramatic situation in baseball than a Game 163, when teams tied at the end of the regular season play a win-or-go-home game to see who survives. These used to be rare, but the current playoff format has produced them three years in a row, and all three games — Rockies over Padres; White Sox over Twins and Twins over Tigers — were little classics. There's a decent chance for another of them — and maybe even the goofiest scenario of all (more on that later)
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By George Diaz, Tribune newspapers | July 28, 2010
Like any good partner, NASCAR keeps trying to made amends in a relationship in which passion is waning. It wants to make nice with fans. You know who you are. You are tired of NASCAR going corporate more and more each year, squeezing out the small-town tracks steeped in tradition. You are frustrated with the playoff format that has turned into Dudsville, courtesy of Jimmie Johnson's four consecutive titles. There's hope. We think. CEO Brian France recently said NASCAR is considering a significant overhaul to its championship Chase.
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By Rick Belz and Rick Belz,SUN STAFF | May 9, 2004
A new winner-take-all playoff format will decide the county team tennis champions tomorrow, and some coaches have 11th-hour questions about whether the playoff is a good idea. The Centennial boys are 17-0 and have defeated River Hill (14-3) twice, but the Eagles must beat the Hawks again or lose the title. "Should one match determine the championship?" said Centennial coach Jean Vanderpool. "I'd feel more comfortable with it if baseball and softball had the same format." The format, in which the Nos. 1 and 2 teams meet in a playoff at the end of the regular season, was instituted by new tennis chairman Don Disney after Glenelg and River Hill, the top two teams last season, failed to play each other because of an unbalanced schedule and a rainout.
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July 14, 2002
Why did Preston have to belittle Dixon? Mike Preston's article concerning Juan Dixon's place in the draft was hard to digest ["Dixon easy to like but hard to digest as 17th-best player," June 18]. Here we have a young man who has conquered a tough beginning and not only made the grade at Maryland, but also was Player of the Year in the Atlantic Coast Conference, an elite conference, only to be put down by Mr. Preston. Here was a warm, feel-good story about a young man making his dream come true.
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By Lem Satterfield and Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF | April 27, 2002
With an eye on the future, a subcommittee of the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association withdrew a proposal yesterday that would expand the high school football playoff format. With state officials balking at the plan because of growing financial and logistical concerns, the MPSSAA's football committee intends on reintroducing a revised measure in December that, if it wins approval, could go into effect for the fall of 2003. The proposal that was withdrawn yesterday at the semi-annual meeting of the MPSSAA's Board of Control in Ocean City calls for a nine-game regular-season schedule for teams that qualify for the single-elimination playoffs, which would be expanded from 32 teams (eight per classification)
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By Pat O'Malley and Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF | December 4, 2001
The Baltimore Catholic League and the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference have merged to hold one postseason tournament. Under the plan, McDonogh will play in the 31st BCL tournament with eight other Catholic teams. McDonogh is the only member of the A Conference that is also a member of the BCL. BCL commissioner Jack Degele and MIAA executive director Rick Diggs agreed on declaring the winner as both the BCL and A Conference champion unless St. Maria Goretti of Hagerstown prevails.
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By Rick Belz and Rick Belz,SUN STAFF | May 9, 2004
A new winner-take-all playoff format will decide the county team tennis champions tomorrow, and some coaches have 11th-hour questions about whether the playoff is a good idea. The Centennial boys are 17-0 and have defeated River Hill (14-3) twice, but the Eagles must beat the Hawks again or lose the title. "Should one match determine the championship?" said Centennial coach Jean Vanderpool. "I'd feel more comfortable with it if baseball and softball had the same format." The format, in which the Nos. 1 and 2 teams meet in a playoff at the end of the regular season, was instituted by new tennis chairman Don Disney after Glenelg and River Hill, the top two teams last season, failed to play each other because of an unbalanced schedule and a rainout.
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By KEN ROSENTHAL | June 20, 1993
For sheer chaos, which would you rather attend, a White House staff meeting or a major-league owners' meeting?The White House rated the edge, until the owners rolled out their new expanded playoff format, then retreated faster than you can say, "gays in the military."Maybe you missed Plan A, a typical owners' creation, which is to say, a total disaster.For one ridiculous day, it appeared the first-place team in each division would play the second-place team in a best-of-five series starting in 1994.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,SUN STAFF | October 4, 2001
After two weeks of complicated negotiations, the NFL has struck a deal with the National Automobile Dealers Association that will push the Super Bowl back to Feb. 3 and enable the league to retain its 12-team playoff format. The NFL will pay the car dealers $7.5 million to switch dates in the Louisiana Superdome and agreed to match NADA contributions of up to $500,000 to the Sept. 11 relief efforts. That outcome beat the alternatives by a wide margin. Options included eliminating the wild-card round and reducing the playoff field to eight teams, a decision that would have precipitated a rebate of as much as $80 million to the TV networks.
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,SUN STAFF | September 30, 2001
The Seattle Mariners and Oakland Athletics are hooked up in a three-game series at Safeco Field this weekend that - from all statistical appearances - means very little to the American League playoff picture. The M's are in. They've been a lock to reach the postseason since about May 1 and look like a pretty good bet to break the American League record for regular-season victories. The A's are in, too. They locked up the American League wild-card berth so early they almost defeated its purpose, and now appear certain to win more games than any other major-league team except the Mariners.
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