Month: May 2017

National Basketball Association, 2014

In 2014 we see the National Basketball Association hold its 124th season of premier basketball (since 1890), and 65th season of formal league play (since 1949). The season started October 29, 2013 and ran until June 15, 2014. Conventionally, this season is named NBA 2013-2014 since the exhibition and regular season started in 2013 and culminated in the NBA Finals championship series in 2014.

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 2014-16 for Easter Conference (NBA)
Team # of Championships EC (NBA) Championship Points
Cleveland Cavaliers
2 (2015-16) 28
Miami Heat
1 (2014) 14 (+14)

— vs —

Championships spanning 2014-16 for Western Conference (NBA)
Team # of Championships WC (NBA) Championship Points
Golden State Warriors
2 (2015-16) 28
San Antonio Spurs
1 (2014) 14 (+14)

 


 

Championships spanning 2014-16 for NBA Finals Championship
Team # of Championships Premier Championship Points
Cleveland Cavaliers
1 (2016) 29
Golden State Warriors
1 (2015) 29
San Antonio Spurs
1 (2014) 29 (+29)

The 65th NBA Finals championship saw the San Antonio Spurs defeat the Miami Heat four games to one with the following results:

  1.   June 5 – Miami Heat 95 @ 110 San Antonio Spurs
  2.   June 8 – Miami Heat 98 @ 96 San Antonio Spurs
  3.   June 10 – San Antonio Spurs 111 @ 92 Miami Heat
  4.   June 12 – San Antonio Spurs 107 @ 86 Miami Heat
  5.   June 15 – Miami Heat 87 @ 104 San Antonio Spurs

 

National Hockey League, 2014

In 2014 we see the National Hockey League hold its 130th season of premier hockey (since 1883), and 96th season of formal league play (since 1917). The season started October 1, 2013 and ran until June 13, 2014. Conventionally, this season is named NHL 2013-2014 since the exhibition and regular season started in 2013 and culminated in the Stanley Cup championship series in 2014.

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.

 

NHL Eastern Conference Championship 2014 (Spans 2014-16)
Team # of Championships EC (NHL) Championship Points
Pittsburgh Penguins
1 (2016) 14
Tampa Bay Lightning
1 (2015) 14
New York Rangers
1 (2014) 14

– vs –

NHL Western Conference Championship 2014 (Spans 2014-16)
Team # of Championships WC (NHL) Championship Points
San Jose Sharks
1 (2016) 14
Chicago Blackhawks
1 (2015) 14
Los Angeles Kings
1 (2014) 14

 


 

Championships spanning 2014-16 for Stanley Cup Championship
Team # of Championships Premier Championship Points
Pittsburgh Penguins
1 (2016) 29
Chicago Blackhawks
1 (2015) 29
Los Angeles Kings
1 (2014) 29

The 121st Stanley Cup championship saw the Los Angeles Kings defeat the New York Rangers with the following results:

  1.    June 4 – New York Rangers 2 @ 3 Los Angeles Kings (OT)
  2.    June 7 – New York Rangers 4 @ 5 Los Angeles Kings (2OT)
  3.    June 9 – Los Angeles Kings 3 @ 0 New York Rangers
  4.    June 11 – Los Angeles Kings 1 @ 2 New York Rangers
  5.    June 13 – New York Rangers 2 @ 3 Los Angeles Kings (2OT)

 

National Football League, 2014

2014 saw the National Football League hold its 124th season of premier football (since 1890), and 95th season of formalized league play (since 1922). The season started September 4, 2014 and ran until February 1, 2015. Conventionally, this season is named NFL 2014-2015 since the exhibition and regular season started in 2014 culminating in the championship in 2015.

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.

 

 

NFL National Conference Championship 2014 (Spans 2014-16)
Team # of Championships NC Championship Points
Atlanta Falcons
1 (2016) 15
Carolina Panthers
1 (2015) 15
Seattle Seahawks
1 (2014) 15 (+15)

 

NFL American Conference Championship 2014 (Spans 2014-16)
Team # of Championships AC Championship Points
New England Patriots
2 (2014, 16) 30 (+15)
Denver Broncos 1 (2015) 15

 


 

Super Bowl Championships 2014 (Spans 2014-16)
Team # of Championships Premier Championship Points
New England Patriots 2 (2014, 16) 62 (+31)
Denver Broncos
1 (2015) 31

 

The 49th Super Bowl saw the New England Patriots defeat the Carolina Panthers with the following result:

1.   February 1, 2015 – New England Patriots 28 – 24 Seattle Seahawks @ Glendale, Arizona

Meta-League, 2016 (Spans 2015-16)

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. This post expands the 2015 one by including the 2016 year so is called 2015-16.

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 Boston for 2016 Super Bowl Championship


Hockey

+29 CPs to Pittsburgh for 2016 Stanley Cup Championship


Basketball

+29 CPs to Cleveland for 2016 NBA Finals Championship


Baseball

+29 CPs to Chicago for 2016 World Series Championship


 

Major-Leagues.com Meta-League Total Championships span to 2015-16
City Sport Team # Champ. Adj. CPs MLCPs TCs
Chicago Baseball Chi. Cubs (MLB) 1 (2016) +29 29 58 2
Hockey Chi. Blackhawks (NHL) 1 (2015) 29
Boston Football N.E. Patriots (NFL) 1 (2016) +31 31 31 1
Denver Football Den. Broncos (NFL) 1 (2015) 31 31 1
Pittsburgh Hockey Pit. Penguins (NHL) 1 (2016) +29 29 29 1
Cleveland Basketball Cle. Cavaliers (NBA) 1 (2016) +29 29 29 1
Oakland Basketball G.S. Warriors (NBA) 1 (2015) 29 29 1
Kansas City Baseball K.C. Royrals (MLB) 1 (2015) 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.

 

Major League Baseball, 2016

In 2016 we see Major League Baseball (consisting of the National League and American League) hold the 159th season of premier baseball (since 1857), and 113th season of formalized league play (since 1903). The season started April 3, 2016 and ran until November 2, 2016.

Thirty teams competed in a 168 game season, with ten of the 30 teams (33%) competing in the playoffs. The National League and American League champions faced against each other for the World Series Championship.

 

Championships spanning 2015-16 for National League (MLB)
Team # of Championships NL Championship Points
Chicago Cubs
1 (2016) 14
New Your Mets
1 (2015) 14

 

Championships spanning 2015-16 for American League (MLB)
Team # of Championships AL Championship Points
Cleveland Indians
1 (2016) 14
Kansas City Royals 1 (2015) 14

 


 

Championships spanning 2015-16 for Major League Baseball
Team # of Championships Premier Championship Points
Chicago Cubs (NL)
1 (2016) 29
Kansas City Royals (AL) 1 (2015) 29

 

The 112th World Series saw the Chicago Cubs defeat the Cleveland Indians four games to three with the following results:

1. October 25 – Chicago Cubs 0 @ Cleveland Indians 6
2. October 26 – Chicago Cubs 5 @ Cleveland Indians 1
3. October 28 – Cleveland Indians 1 @ Chicago Cubs 0
4. October 29 – Cleveland Indians 7 @ Chicago Cubs 2
5. October 30 – Cleveland Indians 2 @ Chicago Cubs 3
6. November 1 – Chicago Cubs 9 @ Cleveland Indians 3
7. November 2 – Chicago Cubs 8 @ Cleveland Indians 7 (10 innings)