This is one of those ideas that looks better to me in the abstract than it does in practice. I really like the idea of eliminating the system where playoff births are, to a large extent, decided by whether schools are playing in conferences with similarly-sized schools. But, I think there are several negatives as well:
Only having 1 non-district game will necessitate ending traditional rivalries (for example, I think New Richmond and Baldwin-Woodville have a traditional rivalry, but if they play each other, then New Richmond and Somerset can't play, which should be a rivalry). This is really the least of my concerns though.
Looking at Amery's and Osceola's proposed district for an example, I am seeing 3 opponents that are 2-1/2 to 3 hours away, 1 more 1-1/2 hours away, 1 more 1 hour away, and 2 opponents less than an hour commute. That doesn't include Week 9 matchups, which will be a minimum of 2 hours away. That means that if the travel schedule is divided evenly year-to-year, it will involve 1 trip each season under an hour, 1 trip in the 1 to 1-1/2 hour range, and 2 trips over 2 hours. That seems like a lot of travel when there are a slew of perfectly suitable opponents located within an hour.
Not only is that a lot of travel for the kids, but I'm guessing that community involvement takes a hit as well. People without kids playing just aren't going to make those kinds of drives for regular season games in most communities, so it essentially limits community involvement with the program to 3-4 games per season.
3) Ninth Game.
I like the ninth game for teams that don't make the playoffs, but I think it would be better if it was not a pre-determined matchup between districts. I think schools and kids would be better served if they could schedule their own game against a nearby school, so they don't have to travel 2-3 hours for a game with nothing on the line. As a game without any playoff or conference implications, it is essentially just a game for fun, to see what some younger kids can do, and to give the seniors one last night. Especially with it being the definite last game for seniors, I assume a lot of family will like to see these games, so why not let the schools schedule games to closer opponents rather than forcing them to travel halfway across the state. If we are going to force these teams to travel so far, then we might as well put them all in the playoffs as far as I am concerned.
This may be a proposal that is better for the state as a whole, but has more negative impacts in certain parts of the state. It's a good idea, but I think it could still use some fine-tuning before being implemented.