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NBA Exploring Ways to Reduce 82-Game Schedule



The National Basketball Association is looking at a number of options in an effort to potentially reduce the current 82-game schedule format.

According to ESPN’s Kevin Arnovitz, representatives from league teams and the league itself have discussed potential changes to the regular season, including shortening the current 82-game schedule or adding an in-season tournament.

A 58 game season was tossed around in talks, but “the appetite among team officials for a major reduction in the number of games was limited.”

Per the report: “On a June 17 conference call, a committee that consists of approximately a dozen top team executives from both basketball and business operations discussed with the league office ideas for alternatives to the traditional NBA schedule for the 2021-22 season. In what sources characterize as a wide-ranging brainstorming session with accompanying documents, participants contemplated how the NBA could introduce the aforementioned tournaments, as well as an abbreviated slate of regular-season games to accommodate the additional events.”

The talk of a mid-season cup tournament isn’t a new idea, as NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has discussed a similar idea in the past.

“According to those with knowledge of the conversation, which sources regard as very exploratory, the proposed reforms would be adopted initially as a pilot program. The NBA would have the chance to observe the trial run and evaluate the long-term viability of such a schedule design.

Supporters of a new mid-season cup-style tournament acknowledge the difficulty of its implementation without a corresponding reduction in the number of regular-season games. For instance, trimming games off the current 82-game schedule would have vast revenue implications for teams which have commitments to local broadcast partners and rely on revenue from attendance at live games.”

Anthony DiMoro is the creator of Sports Rants and the CEO of Elite Rank Media. He is a former Contributor for Forbes and the Huffington Post where he covered sports, social media, and SEO. Anthony formerly hosted the 'Forbes SportsMoney Podcast'.