The Lost Pennant Races
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.