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In the current MLB divisional breakdown, there are 6 divisions of 5 teams each, organized into two leagues of 15. As a result, interleague play is mandatory in order to finish the schedule in a reasonable timeframe! Otherwise two teams would always have half of a week off at a time, and you'd have to add a few weeks to the schedule. This changed in 2013, ...


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The NBA has always had inter-conference play, as do most sports leagues other than Major League Baseball. Early in the NBA's existence, there were relatively few teams, so inter-division play was a must; for example, in 1960-1961 there were eight teams, playing 79 games, 13 intra-division and 10 inter-division per team. Conferences were adopted in 1970-1971,...


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The 2020-2021 season's playoffs format is gonna be unique given the circumstances. The top 4 team in each division make it to the playoffs, where they play against each other based on rankings. That is 1st team against the 4th, 2nd vs the 3rd. There are no wild card teams this year. The divisional rounds are played till there are 4 teams left, the 4 division ...


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If you look at the NFL schedule of any of the recent years, you'll notice there are 17 weeks of regular season, while teams only play 16 games. This is because each team gets 1 week off during the regular season; this is called the Bye Week. The league only gives a few teams (2 to 6) teams have a Bye Week at any given week to ensure there are plenty of ...


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The bye week is a 'rest' week where a team doesn't have a game scheduled. In the modern day, that began in 1990 to allow an additional week for TV advertising - not to give people a rest, as is often thought - and in fact for one year there were two bye weeks (1993), but they gave up on that quickly. Since 2004, the bye week is now only in certain weeks (...


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