August 27th, 2013 by Stephen Stamp
The National Lacrosse League has confirmed to IL Indoor the details of the new playoff format that IL Indoor first announced in a story last week. Commissioner George Daniel has confirmed that the Minnesota Swarm will move to the East Division, that starting in 2014 only six teams instead of eight will make the playoffs, and that the division finals and the Champions Cup final will be two-game series with a 10-minute mini game tiebreaker if the two games are split.
Daniel said the league has received substantial feedback from players and fans on social media sites and via email and that the response has been mixed. He says players by and large prefer the idea of having fewer teams make the playoffs and having more playoff games. Most concerns are with the 10-minute tiebreaker game, which some feel is not an appropriate way to conclude a series for the league championship.
The problem with the most obvious alternative—a best of three series—is that being a weekend league makes it extremely difficult to manage such an arrangement. “It’s the travel, it’s the logistics,” Daniel said. “What’s going to happen the first time one semi-final is a sweep and the other goes to three games. Now you’ve got a team sitting out a week.” Trying to play two games at one site in one weekend, to avoid having to go to a third weekend, is also not viable because of logistical issues, Daniel added. So the league’s board of governors thought long and hard and decided that this was the best next step for the league. READ MORE »