Emptying the Notebook: NFL playoffs, VMI baseball streaming schedule

Item: NFL to expand playoffs in 2020

chris graham espnThe NFL and the players union are in apparent agreement to adding one team per conference to the playoff field effective next season.

The move would have seven teams per conference in the playoff field, with the top team in each conference in the regular season getting a first-round bye, then the other six teams matching up in head-to-head matchups.

The biggest benefit of this, well, OK, to the NFL, it’s adding two playoff TV games to wild-card weekend, but aside from that, it’s the added value to the regular season.

You might see teams competing for that single first-round bye be less inclined to rest their starters in late regular-season games.

Two more fanbases getting an excuse to be interested for another week being another plus.

Gotta like this all around.

Item: Got my spring college baseball streaming schedule

I’ll be back for another spring season working VMI baseball broadcasts on ESPN3, ESPN+ and the SoCon Digital Network.

I’ll be joining “Voice of the Keydets” Wade Branner for 18 games this spring, beginning Tuesday, March 17, when VMI hosts Radford.

We also get midweek games with Virginia Tech (April 1) and VCU (April 14), and SoCon weekend series with Wofford (March 20-22), Western Carolina (April 3-5), The Citadel (April 10-12), Furman (May 1-3) and a season-ending non-conference weekend series with Belmont (May 8-10).

Story by Chris Graham

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