Four games remain in the 2029 CBA season. Two championships remain up for grabs as well as promotion and relegation playoff places. Let’s look at where things stand in each league and the races to keep an eye on as the season reaches its final act.
The Cincinnati Royals cling to a narrow one game lead at the top of the league as they look for a third straight Premier League championship. The Miami Warriors haven’t backed down from the defending CBA champions and will host the Royals at the Wendy’s Dome in the final two games of the season. This race could come down to the final pitch of the season.
Detroit’s sweep of Dallas has all but locked up the four playoffs spots in the Premier League, with the Devils surprisingly on the outside looking in. Cincinnati and Miami have locked up the top two spots and will take on Bronze League competition in the first round of the Tournament of Champions. DC leads Detroit by a game for third place but unless Dallas can pull of a shocking final week, the Eagles and Motors will head to the Tournament and take on Silver League opponents.
After a cup of coffee in the PL, the reigning Silver League champion Oklahoma Mammoths will be heading back down to the SL after securing a tenth-place finish with last week’s results. Arizona will take to the road in the relegation series with the Thunderbirds likely opponent being the Bay Area Pandas. The Pandas do have a slim chance to save themselves as they host the Indianapolis Hawks in the first two games of this week. Indianapolis currently has a three-game lead over Bay Area and one win in the series will secure the Hawks safety in the PL and send the Pandas to the relegation series.
Like the Premier League, the Silver League will come down to the final week with the first-place team leading the second-place team by just one game. Midwest Plainsmen and Denver will meet in a huge two game series this week with a chance for the Plainsmen to clinch a return to the PL. If Denver can split, or even get a sweep, the Wolves themselves could be on their way back to the PL with the automatic promotion.
Midwest and Denver have, at the least, guaranteed a spot in the Promotion Playoff. Their likely opponent is the Sacramento Golden Bears who hold a two and a half game lead over the Chicago Gale for third place. The Atlanta Swarm have the slimmest of chances to sneak in to the playoff but would need a miracle like the US hockey team against the Russians.
The bottom three of the Silver League looks to be all but decided. The Philadelphia Liberty are four games clear of eighth place and will guarantee their safety with a win in any of their remaining games or a Wichita loss. The Weasels join the Los Angeles Chilis and Mexico City Chupacabras in the bottom three and the team from south of the border has a game and a half “lead” on the automatic relegation spot. One of these teams is going to go down to the Bronze League automatically with the other two squaring off for the right to retain their Silver League position.
The San Diego Skylarks surprisingly and impressively ran away and hid from the rest of the Bronze League, locking up the championship and promotion to the Silver League with ease. The battle for second and third place has been a barn burner for weeks but has begun to show some clarity as we enter the final four games.
The Carolina Aces have opened a three-game lead over the fourth place Salt Lake City Snappers and Boston Rogers while the red-hot Iowa Predators have surged to a two-game lead over the two fourth place teams. If Carolina and Iowa can hold on to second and third, it will set up a promotion playoff matchup between the Aces and Predators with a long-awaited Silver League spot as the prize for one of the two teams.