Originally Posted by horrorfan
I meant a playoff after the full round robin, not in comparison to the real playoffs. So in my scenario that would be 82 + 13 + playoff, which would be too much. That is, if considering the argument that everyone should play each other, but I doubt that would happen since it's too many games.
In your example, by giving the top non-playoff teams a bye, you are giving them a better shot at the top pick already. I don't agree that the two 9th placed teams (arguably) have an easier start to the playoff. The better teams should not be advantaged in this case. Perhaps the two worst teams should have a bye. Or maybe have the format so that the better teams have to play each other first, so that the weaker teams have better odds (by standing) at getting the top pick.
I'm saying no round robin. You seed the teams in a playoff scenario based on regular season finish, therefore teams fight for wins to the very end of the year regardless of standing.
And yes, I do think the better teams should earn an advantage. The point of sports is to win so that should be rewarded. It's the whole point of the tournament from the get-go.