Over the previous week-and-a-half, USA TODAY Sports activities unveiled a list of 11 things we’d change in sports — from restructuring the playoffs to increasing the scale of the NBA court docket, and all the pieces in between.
A few of you liked the concepts we got here up with. And a few of you did not. And many you had fairly good concepts of your personal — adjustments and reforms that you just defined in emails, feedback and social-media posts, lots of them prospects that we by no means even thought-about.
So now that we have gone via the 11 issues we might change in sports activities, listed below are a few of issues that you just instructed us you’d change.
1. Restructure the MLB postseason to incorporate extra back-to-back video games.
“The playoffs needs to be a microcosm of the season. You clinched with 5 starters. You shouldn’t be capable to win with solely three starters. I notice that my workforce (the Twins) benefited from that in 87 and 91 however I’m bored with watching baseball in November,” Joel Engstrom wrote in an e-mail.
2. Eradicate the primary spherical of playoffs within the NBA and NHL.
“4 rounds diminishes the significance of the common season,” KC Inexperienced wrote on Fb.
3. Convey basketball’s over-and-back rule to soccer.
“I do know soccer (soccer for the purists) is known as the attractive sport all through the world. Nonetheless, like most North Individuals, I discover it very slow-developing. … My recommended rule change can be to undertake a rule from basketball — that’s, as soon as the ball crosses the midfield line, there is no such thing as a going again. This could make for a extra aggressive and offensive sport,” George Cushing wrote in an e-mail.
4. Do not give home-field benefit to NFL division-winners.
“A workforce going 7-9 or 8-Eight internet hosting as a 4-seed towards a 5-seed who goes 11-5 or 12-Four is silly. Simply re-seed the highest six groups from every convention and preserve the opposite present tie breakers,” @buckybolen wrote on Instagram.
5. Restructure the NHL’s factors system.
“Three pts for a regulation win. 2 for additional time win and 1 pt for OT loss. Do not reward groups (that) go to additional time,” Phil Gole wrote in a remark.
6. Do away with the kickoff in soccer.
“With the power of kickers’ legs immediately, this can be a big waste of time in each the professionals and faculty and results in far too many penalties and accidents. Would additionally shorten video games a bit. Simply begin the subsequent possession on the 25-yard line,” Fred Kemp wrote in an e-mail.
7. Do away with penalty-kick shootouts in soccer.
“(It is) a silly method of deciding any sport, particularly a World Cup Remaining. As a substitute, if after one interval of additional time the rating continues to be tied, each groups must take away Four gamers from the sphere … giving far more house to maneuver and cross and shoot. And the sport can be determined by truly enjoying it,” Doug Henrichs wrote in an e-mail.
8. Add a shot clock to shootouts within the NHL.
“In a real sport state of affairs, the participant does not have time to stick-handle for what looks as if hours earlier than he lastly shoots. As soon as they contact the puck, a four- or five-second clock ought to begin. Way more sensible,” Joel Engstrom wrote in an e-mail.
9. Convey a rugby wrinkle to the NFL.
“Undertake a rugby type further level kick, e.g. if a TD is scored in a nook, the PAT snap comes from an “outer” hash mark on that aspect of the sphere, close to the yard numbers. Elevated kick angle. (May have an effect on TD technique?),” @B9000 wrote on Twitter.
10. Mandate full-cage helmets within the NHL.
“How has that not been carried out but? Clearly a security challenge,” Scott Gaitten wrote on Twitter.
11. Exchange the Presidents Cup with combined age/combined gender match.
“Have a global match the place 4 under-50 males, 4 ‘senior males’ and 4 girls are on the identical workforce. … Host the primary match at Augusta utilizing three ranges of tees. Would like to see codecs (with) the perfect girls within the sport competing with the brand new and older generations of males,” Fred Kemp wrote in an e-mail.