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Ziegler. It's too simplistic.
Eagleson: Too sensible.
Ziegler. I think going to 9-9 is a mistake. Four divisions means four chances for first place, which creates interest. This is also something that baseball did and it's worked well for the most part.
SI: But in baseball, John, there is a separation of leagues, not the "let's play everyone" situation you have in hockey.
Eagleson: Personally, I'd prefer 6-6-6. Then the lowest anybody could finish would be sixth. Of course, if we had 18 divisions of one club each, then Cleveland could advertise: "Come see your first-place club...in Division 18."
SI: Why not try sudden-death overtime periods in an attempt to reduce the number of tie games—118 last season. The old argument was that clubs had to catch trains after the game. Now everybody flies out the next morning. Don't tie games leave everybody dissatisfied?
Eagleson: The players could live with overtime.
Ziegler. I remember as a young fan in Detroit, watching overtimes during the playoffs and enjoying them. Of course, that's when the Red Wings were on top and they won most of those overtimes. But how would you like to see your team steam from behind in your own building to tie it up with one minute to play only to lose in overtime?
Eagleson: Instead, now the Red Wings are a last-place team and that's why John was made league president. On the basis of his success with the Red Wings.
Ziegler. SPORTS ILLUSTRATED already printed that [SCORECARD, July 4].