The Lost Pennant Races

At The Athletic

This is the tradeoff: We traded the drama of pennant races for the thrill of the playoffs. I’m not saying that’s a bad thing — it’s actually a good thing because the VAST majority of North American sports fans* prefer playoffs (and, absolutely, playoffs are awesome).

*This does not seem to be true in England.

But we should acknowledge: The singular thrill of having two great teams fighting to the finish knowing that only one of them will go on, well, that’s gone forever.

Where have all the pennant races gone?