I am completely confused on this one…
What are they saying is unfair, and who is getting the short end of the stick here?
What I am getting from it, with a bit of assuming, is that they feel teams 5-8 shouldn’t be treated differently than teams 1-4? So they want just a single bye for all teams 1-8, and then everybody starts playing against the winners of 9-16 on Wednesday?
I don’t know - I have a hard time understanding what the problem is… why team 1 should get the same treatment as team 8… kind of makes the end of the regular season a little less meaningful when there’s nothing to play for from the top 5-7 teams who are all safely getting the bye.
And if anything - the “stats” (that they think prove something from a two year sample) last year showed that it didn’t really matter if you had to play the extra day because 3 of the 4 top seeds were upset. That doesn’t mean you should punish the top 4 teams, and it certainly doesn’t prove that the system doesn’t work… just that it’s possible to see upsets in the tournament, and that’s the whole point of a year-end tournament isn’t it?
I don’t know… it doesn’t matter to me either way I guess, but I’m just struggling to see what the problem is with this… you give the best finishing teams a reason to finish best in my opinion.