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If you're a fan of a team, say the Oakland Raiders or New York Jets, more than you are a fan of the NFL, than a few of these slides may not have really spoken to you.
Perhaps you wish that the NFL would include more teams in the playoffs, like in the NBA. That way each year the Raiders or Jets or whoever else has a better shot of making the postseason and winning the Super Bowl.
But that's not necessarily better for the NFL.
Well, here's another slide that points to an element of the NFL playoffs that isn't really always best for fans, but is best for the league.
In the NFL, earning a bye week can be a double-edged sword. It lets a team rest, prepare and means a club only has to win three games, instead of four, to win the Super Bowl. But it does open teams up to the "rust factor." Furthermore, a bye means that a team's fans don't get to watch them play in that opening weekend.
But byes are critical for adding value to the regular season; they reward teams that play all 16 games with something tangible.
The NBA really doesn't do that.
Sure the opening round for the top seed in each conference can be a walk in the park: presumably they draw "the worst" of the playoff teams. But tell that to the 1994 Supersonics, 1999 Heat, 2007 Mavericks and 2011 Spurs, the four top-seeds that lost the opening round to eight-seeds.
Upsets are great for storylines, but because in the NBA the only benefit to earning the top record is an extra home game and seeding—while the NFL offers both those and a week off—the NFL earns another notch.