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Eight is enough for MLB playoffs

Updated: March 1, 2012, 12:42 AM ET
By Jemele Hill | ESPN.com

John F. Kennedy once said, "conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth."

But in the billion-dollar sports industry, conformity and duplication are the preferred methods for growing the bottom line because being like everyone else usually works.

All major sports leagues have expanded in the past two decades to boost revenue. And the NBA (16 teams since 1984), NHL (16 since 1980) and NFL (12 since 1990) include a greater number (and proportion) of their ...

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