NBA in ‘Serious Discussions’ to Shorten Regular Season, Introduce Mid-Season Tournament

NBA in ‘Serious Discussions’ to Shorten Regular Season, Introduce Mid-Season Tournament

Fellas, with the 2019-20 NBA season underway, the NBA is reportedly engaged in the discussion to dramatically overhaul the league’s calendar year. As ESPN reports, the NBA has been talking with the National Basketball Players Association and broadcast partners about the potential changes.

The discussions are ongoing with a plan to bring a vote for the changes at the April meeting of NBA’s Board of Governors. Some or even all of these proposals could come into effect with the 75th anniversary season in 2021-22.

Changes being discussed include a 30-team in-season tournament, a postseason play-in, and reseeding the four conference finalists. Additionally, it has been suggested if these changes come into effect the regular season could be shortened to 78 games from the usual 82.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver has expressed interest in an in-season tournament in the past. Due to the suggested shorter season, the tournament would benefit players that might otherwise take a financial hit by playing fewer games. Modeled after similar European soccer tournaments, the in-season tourney would compensate the winning team’s players and coaches.

The NBA will not be able to put any of these changes into effect until the NBPA comes to an agreement. Silver and NBPA executive director Michele Roberts have reportedly been leading these discussions.

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