Listen: NBA exploring options to shorten schedule, add mid-season cup and postseason play-in tournament, per report
"This thing popped out on wednesday with the n._b._a. and i laughed because you start to read a little deeper into the kevin arnovitz from e._s._p._n. reports and it just doesn't make much sense and i'm not saying kevin arnovitz doesn't make much sense he makes a lot of sense it's just the n._b._a.'s going full n._f._l. right now and making tweaks and changes or at least proposing that's probably the operative word here some tweaks and changes about what to do in the twenty twenty one twenty twenty two season the seventy fifth anniversary year and it's like because it's the seventy fifth anniversary year day adam silver and the n._b._a. front office i guess owners feel compelled to introduce a ton of changes and it's just a lie lot all at once and i don't think that it's going to be totally overwhelming because you know the people that are looking at this like the purest so the ones that are thinking never gonna watch it again the n._b._a. doesn't care about you if your response to the change right now as well i'm not gonna watch any more than the n._b._a.'s clearly ready to move on and i have to be honest that's a something of a successful league okay that's a sign of an entire league not organization not one franchise but league that's able to just say okay we've got somebody disgruntled sir of disgruntled customer doesn't matter were that big we have that much going on right now that we can allow somebody to just simply walk but you look at what's going on i think a lot of it stems from the raptors successfully resting kawai leonard that not impacting anything clearly in the postseason one thing and i guess at the start is they want to reduce the number of games they want to change the schedule from eighty two and limited i magic sixty six is a name that's thrown around there but in kevin arnovitz this report 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 n._b._a. schedule for that twenty one twenty two season sources characterize a wide ranging brainstorming session with accompanying documents participants contemplated how the n._b._a. could introduce the f. for mentioned tournaments get to that in a second because arnovitz mentions it earlier in the report i did not mention it yet To accommodate all these additional events, according to those with knowledge of the conversation. 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 so on in quote. so one thing the n._b._a. wants to do which the n._f._l. has been trying to do which i don't know how long it's going to be before major league baseball realizes they must do this is tweaked the schedule now the n._f._l. wants to expand but same thing tweaking the schedule so for the n._b._a. the biggest problem that there could have right now by shortening that schedule like if you go from eighty two to sixty six guess what you just lost some games you lost revenue you lost gate so what they want to do is create a champion sleek what they want to do is create some midseason tournament where i guess you would remove the all star game and maybe have that at the end of the year i don't know what you would do that or maybe have that in lieu of but you really wouldn't have the best of the best playing in this midseason tournament i don't know what the actual reward would be but in order to get your top players playing in that mid season tournament the reward would have to be some sort of seating in the playoffs and then that would negate i think the regular season so this whole thing just doesn't really make much sense because if you want to go to eighty two or let's say to sixty six from eighty two games you know that you need to make up those games you know you need to make it up and you can't just do it with sponsors from the on add on jersey ads throughout the arenas you just can't do that you're going to need to do something else that's why they've created or at least propose this mid season tournament idea at according to this report teams would play for a second separate title as i mentioned we've seen in european soccer and i told you the champions league so that the idea here is that they're going to raise enough money for this tournament with broadcast rights and everything else sold separately as part of it and that offsets the loss the n._b._a. the larry o'brien trophy is looked at as the end all beal now i got a credit the n._f._l. it's not like the n._f._l. just created a new lombardi trophy or a second trophy because they know how foolish that would be the n._b._a. nobody could do this nobody is just capable of doing this and the n._b._a. is not nearly as powerful as the n._f._l. so i don't know what the hell's going on here but it doesn't make much sense that they think that this play in tournament of the playoffs combined with this midseason tournament you keep adding tournaments you keep adding these round robin these playing type tournaments to offset revenue but the reality is that nobody cares about a trophy unless it's the end of the year trophy unless it's the how many rings does that guy have compared to lebron james or michael jordan nobody's gonna start factoring in midseason tournament rings when you talk about well does he have to six that jordan has what technically the guy won three n._b._a. championships putt let's be honest he's won four straight midseason n._b._a. classics who freaking cares if that's the case nobody's going to look at that like it's serious nobody's gonna look at that and attribute it's anybody's legacy it's the same thing it would be looked at similarly like he got voted into an all star team why guys made seven straight all star games yeah because he's one of the most popular players in the n._b._a. even though he's only played a combined forty games over the last five years but hey people vote in and we still put a lot of weight on that this thing is bizarre adam silver talking about changing and tweaking and adding things and they believe that if there are fewer games there would be a higher emphasis or at least more emphasis put by the teams of value on the regular season just overall these changes i get shortening the season if you wanna short season that's a good premise it's a good theory but i don't know how you put it into action when you're actually looking to offset the revenue loss which is why major league baseball has not gone from one sixty to"