The National Basketball Association is engaged in discussions with the union that represents its players on potential dramatic changes to the structure of the NBA’s 75th anniversary season in 2021.
Proposed changes include reseeding the four conference finalists, a mid-season tournament, a postseason play-in, and shortening the regular season from the current 82 games to as few as 78 games, ESPN reported.
The NBA is seriously discussing changes with the NBPA and broadcast partners that could include …
? Reseeding the 4 conference finalists
? 30 team in-season tourney
? Postseason play-in games
? 78-game season
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) November 23, 2019
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 23, 2019
Commissioner Adam Silver has been pushing an agenda of change — notably the proposed in-season tournament cup modeled after European soccer — for years, ESPN said.
Commissioner Adam Silver has been driving this agenda of change — especially the in-season tournament cup modeled after European soccer — for years. The NBA is selling the idea of lucrative television and sponsorship revenue that would drive long-term growth and combat stagnation in a rapidly splintering consumer environment.