24istheLAW wrote:They ought to start the season in December. What's the point of running up against the NFL for two months at the front end of the season?
70 games instead of 82 is a tougher pill to swallow from the NBA's standpoint, because going forward it'd mean less revenue from games. But I think going forward, the midseason tourney idea could supplant those other 12 games.
I like the mini midseason tourney idea. Gives the players who are on bad teams something to compete for together, and a chance to be on national TV. Get fans of teams which out of contention to watch a few more games, and maybe that's the push they needed to keep watching the team when it's over. And with a 70 game season excluding the tourney, the point of mathematical elimination is pushed deeper into the league's calendar year. I think a bit more competition would benefit the fans and players alike.
I don't think that they want to shorten the season, with the move to starting the season(s) on December 25th.
It likely will still be 82 games, for the time being.
They are talking about shortening the season, though. But, just not immediately (except for 2019-20, due to COVID-19).