This means the teams competing for a finals spot play their direct competition an extra game during the season an it is fair for all teams
Isn't drawing up conferences almost as arbitrary as randomly deciding who plays the extra games? If a conference got particularly strong, do you address that by redrawing the dividing line? Might as well just have it random if the goal is parity.
Conferences are really only of value if you want to minimise travel or there is a strong loyalty to a particular region. I doubt an ABL fan feels much affinity for other teams in its locale over those across town.
The AFL gets by with having teams play each other an unequal amount of times.
Just seems like an odd point to get caught on if worrying about getting people to games.
Anon 095, yes, I used to import/parse boxscores and have a way of listing games and players. It was a fair bit of work and I had more time/interest then. If it was to happen again, I'd need the league/clubs to provide data feeds that I could use or seed content. At worst, they could encourage someone to right previews, write recaps, start threads, etc. I'm surprised the WNBL and other leagues don't do this themselves as it costs nothing but a little bit of a volunteer's time.