There is a school of thought that suggests a team that fires a head coach in the middle of a season gets at least a temporary boost when a new coach takes over.
Jon Bois at SB Nation was curious about this and compiled data from 12 seasons of midyear firings. He found that there isn't typically much of a bump, though across the board in the NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL the new coach does have more success than the old one.
What's particularly interesting is that the NHL had the most "successful" firings of the leagues, with 15 of the 52 teams going on to make the postseason that year.
turkey day The Vikings, who haven't played on Thanksgiving since 2000, are likely headed for a turkey day game at Detroit in 2016, per a report via sportsbusinessdaily.com.
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