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• In Thursday Night Football action, the Denver Broncos defeated the New York Jets 17-13.

• Major League Baseball said yesterday that a series of changes will be taking place, including a move to a two-wild-card-team system that would add a layer to the existing playoff system.

The playoffs change would mean that there would be two wild card teams in each league - the two teams with the best records that did not win divisional championships - that would play either a one-game or best-of-three game playoff to determine which one will move onto the divisional series. MLB said it hopes that this system could be in place in time for the 2012 season, and suggested that it will increase playoff enthusiasm in additional markets.

At the same time, MLB said that the Houston Astros will move to the American League West division, from the National League Central, which will have the effect of creating two leagues of 15 teams apiece, instead of the current 16-14 split. This will mean that there will be inter-league games every week of the season, instead of during two specific periods each year.

And finally, MLB announced that Drayton McLane has sold the Houston Astros to Jim Crane, a Texas financier.
KC's View:
I’ve never been a big fan of the wild card and inter-league play, but I’ve grown to accept the fact that this probably means that I’m just old and set in my ways. If this makes baseball more successful and popular, I’m okay with it.

However, I remain steadfast in my belief that the designated hitter rule ought to be banned.