Month: April 2017

National Basketball Association, 2016

In 2016 we see the National Basketball Association hold its 126th season of premier basketball (since 1890), and 67th season of formal league play (since 1949). The season started October 27, 2015 and ran until June 19, 2016. Conventionally, this season is named NBA 2015-2016 since the exhibition and regular season started in 2015 and culminated in the NBA Finals championship series in 2016.

Thirty teams competed in an 82 game season, with sixteen of the 30 teams (53%) competing in the playoffs. The Eastern Conference and Western Conference champions faced off against each other for the NBA Finals Championship.

 

 

Championships spanning 2015-16 for Easter Conference (NBA)
Team # of Championships EC (NBA) Championship Points
Cleveland Cavaliers
2 (2015-16) 28 (+14)

— vs —

Championships spanning 2015-16 for Western Conference (NBA)
Team # of Championships WC (NBA) Championship Points
Golden State Warriors
2 (2015-16) 28 (+14)

 


 

Championships spanning 2015-16 for NBA Finals Championship
Team # of Championships Premier Championship Points
Cleveland Cavaliers
1 (2016) 29
Golden State Warriors
1 (2015) 29

The 67th NBA Finals championship saw the Golden State Warriors defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers four games to two with the following results:

1 – June 2 – Cleveland Cavaliers 89 @ 104 Golden State Warriors
2 – June 5 – Cleveland Cavaliers 77 @ 110 Golden State Warriors
3 – June 8 – Golden State Warriors 90 @ 120 Cleveland Cavaliers
4 – June 10 – Golden State Warriors 108 @ 97 Cleveland Cavaliers
5 – June 13 – Cleveland Cavaliers 112 @ 97 Golden State Warriors
6 – June 16 – Golden State Warriors 101 @ 115 Cleveland Cavaliers
7 – June 19 – Cleveland Cavaliers 93 @ 89 Golden State Warriors

 

National Hockey League, 2016

In 2016 we see the National Hockey League hold its 133rd season of premier hockey (since 1883), and 99th season of formal league play (since 1917). The season started October 7, 2015 and ran until June 12, 2016. Conventionally, this season is named NHL 2015-2016 since the exhibition and regular season started in 2015 and culminated in the Stanley Cup championship series in 2016.

Thirty teams competed in an 82 game season, with sixteen of the 30 teams (53%) competing in the playoffs. The Eastern Conference and Western Conference champions faced off against each other for the Stanley Cup Championship.

 

Championships spanning 2015-16 for Eastern Conference (NHL)
Team # of Championships EC (NHL) Championship Points
Pittsburgh Penguins
1 (2016) 14
Tampa Bay Lightning
1 (2015) 14

– vs –

Championships spanning 2015-16 for Western Conference (NHL)
Team # of Championships WC (NHL) Championship Points
San Jose Sharks
1 (2016) 14
Chicago Blackhawks
1 (2015) 14

 


 

Championships spanning 2015-16 for Stanley Cup Championship
Team # of Championships Premier Championship Points
Pittsburgh Penguins
1 (2016) 29
Chicago Blackhawks
1 (2015) 29

The 123rd Stanley Cup championship saw the Pittsburgh Penguins defeat the San Jose Sharks with the following results:

  1. May 30 – Pittsburgh Penguins 3–2 San Jose Sharks
  2. June 1 – Pittsburgh Penguins 2–1 San Jose Sharks (OT)
  3. June 4 – San Jose Sharks 3–2 Pittsburgh Penguins (OT)
  4. June 6 – Pittsburgh Penguins 3–1 San Jose Sharks
  5. June 9 – San Jose Sharks 4–2 Pittsburgh Penguins
  6. June 12 – Pittsburgh Penguins 3–1 San Jose Sharks

 

National Football League, 2016

2016 saw the National Football League hold its 126th season of premier football (since 1890), and 97th season of formalized league play (since 1922). The season started September 8, 2016 and ran until February 5, 2017. Conventionally, this season is named NFL 2016-2017 since the exhibition and regular season started in 2016 culminating in the championship in 2017.

Thirty-two teams competed in a 16 game season, with twelve of the 32 teams (37.5%) competing in the playoffs. The National Conference and American Conference champions faced against each other for the Super Bowl Championship.

 

Championships spanning 2015-16 for National Conference (NFL)
Team # of Championships NC Championship Points
Atlanta Falcons
1 (2016) 15
Carolina Panthers
1 (2015) 15

 

Championships spanning 2015-16 for American Conference (NFL)
Team # of Championships AC Championship Points
New England Patriots
1 (2016) 15
Denver Broncos 1 (2015) 15

 


 

Championships spanning 2015-16 for Super Bowl Championship
Team # of Championships Premier Championship Points
New England Patriots 1 (2016) 31
Denver Broncos
1 (2015) 31

 

The 51st Super Bowl saw the New England Patriots defeat the Atlanta Falcons with the following result:

1.   February 5, 2017 – New England Patriots 34 – 28 Atlanta Falcons @ Houston, Texas

 

Meta-League, 2015

One of the unique aspects of Major Sports Leagues is that we calculate a cross-league standings between cities and the four major sports. This is what I like to call the Meta-League Championship Series and is calculated each year starting with 2015.

Each annual season consists of Football, Hockey, Basketball, and then Baseball. This is based around when each season championship is played. The Super Bowl is the first championship played, followed by the Stanley Cup, NBA Finals, and then the World Series.


Football

+31 CPs to Denver for 2015 Super Bowl Championship


Hockey

+29 CPs to Chicago for 2015 Stanley Cup Championship


Basketball

+29 CPs to Oakland for 2015 NBA Finals Championship


Baseball

+29 CPs to Kansas City for 2015 World Series Championship


 

Major-Leagues.com Meta-League Total Championships span to 2015
City Sport Team # Champ. Adj. CPs MLCPs TCs
Denver Football Den. Broncos (NFL) 1 (2015) +31 31 31 1
Chicago Hockey Chi. Blackhawks (NHL) 1 (2015) +29 29 29 1
Oakland Basketball G.S. Warriors (NBA) 1 (2015) +29 29 29 1
Kansas City Baseball K.C. Royrals (MLB) 1 (2015) +29 29 29 1

 

The MLCP system is inspired by the Donovan Index, but differs from it by how the score is calculated. The MLCP is simply the number of teams competing in a single season minus one, since a team cannot logically defeat itself. While the Donovan Index creates an averaging system by dividing the number of points by the number of seasons played, we think this has the effect of diluting the impact of the championship since only one team can win a championship each given year.