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Biased NFL Scheduling

Discussion in 'Fan Zone' started by ravidubey, Dec 24, 2012.

  1. ravidubey

    ravidubey Active Member

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    I've posted this elsewhere, but I think it deserves notice. It's an advantage to be playing at home in decisive final regular season games with the playoffs on the line. If you're going to schedule divisional games to end the season, then at least flip home and away games for teams or don't do it at all.

    NY Giants
    2007 NE Patriots
    2008 @Minnesota
    2009 @Minnesota
    2010 @Washington
    2011 Dallas
    2012 Philadelphia
    Home Finals: 3/6 overall 2/3 divisional

    Philadelphia
    2007 Buffalo
    2008 Dallas
    2009 @Dallas
    2010 Dallas
    2011 Washington
    2012 @NY Giants
    Home Finals: 4/6 overall 3/5 divisional

    Washington
    2007 Dallas
    2008 @SF
    2009 @Chargers
    2010 Giants
    2011 @Philadelphia
    2012 Dallas
    Home Finals: 3/6 overall 3/4 divisional

    Check this out... how can this be called anything but a scheduling bias?

    Dallas
    2007 @Washington
    2008 @Philadelphia
    2009 Philadelphia
    2010 @Philadelphia
    2011 @New York
    2012 @Washington
    Home Finals: 1/6 overall 1/6 divisional

    WTH? I thought Tags was long gone.
  2. erod

    erod Well-Known Member

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    We just played five home games in the last six games. Huh?
  3. Future

    Future Intramural Legend

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    This is ENTIRELY based on ratings and dollars. Some might see an anti-Cowboys agenda, but really its just the NFL cashing in on Dallas' popularity.
  4. phildominator

    phildominator Member

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    If we play Week 17 vs the Giants in Arlington, check that one up to anti-Cowboys conspiracy as well.
  5. dexternjack

    dexternjack World Traveler Zone Supporter

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    16 teams can possibly face the same problem. It is what it is and I don't think there is a conspiracy, it is just the way it worked out.

    We did just play 5 out of 6 at home late in the season, that is an advantage.
  6. EGG

    EGG Well-Known Member

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    I could care less about the NFL's intentions when they make these decisions, it's the results that bother me.
  7. Doomsday

    Doomsday Rising Star

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    Im sure the competition committee will get right on this. :)
  8. Future

    Future Intramural Legend

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    fair enough...I'm not saying I agree with the way it has played out, just that I don't think it should be attributed to a conspiracy.
  9. ravidubey

    ravidubey Active Member

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    It's clearly intentional to cash in on the Cowboys' popularity. But because they keep making the same decision it's hurt the franchise over time.

    IMO the game and fairness needs to come first.

    Jerry Jones loves pimping his team, but he needs to stand up for them.
  10. The Quest for Six

    The Quest for Six Well-Known Member

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    have you seen the home record for Cowboys since they moved to Arlington...
  11. Hoofbite

    Hoofbite Well-Known Member

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    Counting divisional games is useless.

    They all are now.

    Not to mention a divisional game is a chance to take the division.
  12. viman96

    viman96 Thread Killer

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    The Cowboys and every other team have 15 opportunities to make the last game irrelevant.
  13. cowboyfan4life2

    cowboyfan4life2 Well-Known Member

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    We just played 5 out of 6 at home, and we have no home field advantage at all, I prefer playing on the road these days.
  14. FiveRings

    FiveRings Well-Known Member

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    Thinking the league is against your team is the dumbest thing I've heard. Someone said that to me in the NHL playoffs too, what a joke. Goddell just wants all teams competitive and lucrative, he and no league officials have no favorites, just greed.
  15. ravidubey

    ravidubey Active Member

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    I prefer not to ignore 5 out of 6 games being played on the road at divisional opponents. 5 of those 6 games had or will have playoff consequences (though the 2007 game ended up only important for Washington) and in each of the games already played the home team won. Every. One.

    The scheduling of the divisional games at the end is absolutely intentional. That they force the Cowboys to visit in that situation over 80% of the time is the bias.
  16. Rynie

    Rynie Benched

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    Isn't the schedule decided by a computer program?
  17. FiveRings

    FiveRings Well-Known Member

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    Any why would they do that Mr.Conspiracy?
  18. Chocolate Lab

    Chocolate Lab Run-loving Dino

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    Five of our last seven at home and we're getting screwed? :confused:

    We already played this team at home on Thanksgiving on a short week. If either team had a scheduling advantage this year, it was us.
  19. ravidubey

    ravidubey Active Member

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    Partly. The NFL wants to place most of its marquee matchups at the end of the year and schedule as competitive a playoff-affecting a Sunday Night schedule as possible.

    They also began scheduling divisional games at the end of every season, if not the last game then close to the end. Every division has a winner, and most divisions are contested. This creates drama and revenue.

    It's not random, divisional games are intentionally scheduled to end the year if at all possible.

    All good.
    Holy crap that was a turd-like thing to post. There is no conspiracy, it's simple reality. 5 out of 6 heavily contested games with the playoffs on the line have been scheduled with Dallas as the visiting team.

    They were scheduled to create drama and in Dallas' case for money. It needs to stop as it puts Dallas at a competitive disadvantage. Every road team in that situation lost.

    If a team is on the road in a week 17 divisional game, to be fair they need to be at home the following season in the same or similar game or don't schedule divisional games in the final week.

    Dallas started with several games on the road, including the first two games. That had a lot to do with Dallas starting 3-5. There is no advantage within a single season overall. Every team will have hard years and every team will have easy years. That will even out.

    But this particular scheduling disadvantage has a real impact-- in 3.5 of the 6 games the loser would miss the playoffs entirely (the .5 being Washington in 2007).

    From 2007-2011 with playoff seeding on the line in the final game every NFC East road team lost. It's literally like a playoff road game. Except scheduled in advance, not randomly, and 80% of the time not in Dallas' favor.

    Being on the road is bad enough. Being on the road against the team you are competing against definitively for a playoff spot is brutal.

    If this game happens three weeks ago, it's not the same.
  20. Illini88228

    Illini88228 Well-Known Member

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    There is no league agenda against the Dallas Cowboys. The league wants to make money, and there is NOTHING on earth they would like better than for Dallas to be great again. Think of all the fair-weather fans who would suddenly gobble up merchandise. Dallas fans sound stupid when they whine about bias. It's like the Yankees complaining that MLB is out to get them. It's non-sensical. It's confirmation bias at work. You remember the evidence that supports your conspiracy theory, and forget the evidence that doesn't.

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