Demp Bradford, Vice President of the Greensboro Sports Commission, has come up with a plan, that could help the North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s basketball playoffs and his plan was seen today in the Charlotte Observer and ‘The Bradford Plan’ is now a hot-topic on the high school basketball circuit, in North Carolina….Langston Wertz Jr. has written about ‘The Bradford Plan’ on his blog at the Observer and let’s check in with him and see more about ‘The Bradford Plan’, from www.charlotteobserver.com…….
Demp Bradford would blow up the current three-week playoff format for the N.C. High School Athletic Association playoffs and replace it with another three-week playoff format, which I(Langston Wertz Jr.) think could be better.
Right now, teams play three games in week one and then go to regional play, which consists of two more games in week two. The regional winner from the east and west then move on to the state finals in the third week.
Bradford would change that.
He would have teams play two games in week one, and then have a regional round where eight teams would play over two days in the East and West at four neutral sites, say, Charlotte, Raleigh, Greensboro and Fayetteville.
Bradford believes that would reduce schools’ travel times and lead to larger crowds. And I’ve got to believe that if East Rutherford and Shelby had played their fourth meeting of the year in Charlotte instead of Greensboro that there would be more than the 1,000 or so fans I’m seeing watch the first quarter right now.
So under The Bradford Plan, which is kind of a catchy name, each class — for boys and girls — would be left with four teams after the new regional round.
Tell me if this is sounding familiar?
Now we go to whatever the two state final sites are on a Friday/Saturday with the East top seed facing the West No. 2 and vice versa in the Friday semifinals. That creates some new matchups fans don’t normally see.
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