According to the Associated Press, Commissioner Bud Selig stated that he expects the expanded playoffs to take effect this upcoming season. Under the new CBA that was already agreed upon back in November, the playoffs would expand into a 10-team bracket, but the remaining question has been whether the new postseason would take effect this year or in 2013. Now it appears that baseball is leaning towards beginning the new format starting 2012.
“I really believe we’ll have the wild card for 2012, this year,” Selig said Friday at a White Sox fan fest. “Clubs really want it. I don’t think I’ve ever seen an issue that the clubs want more than to have the extra wild card this year.”
“We’re working on dates right now. That’ll all take place. It looks to me like we’ll have it because I’ve told everybody we have to have it. It’ll be exciting. One-game playoff, it will start the playoffs in a very exciting manner,” he said.
The major issue comes down to scheduling as the season is schedule