Re: Lakers missing the playoffs will cause a rule change
There certainly is a scheduling challenge. Say Miami is hosting LA in the 1st round. Poor LA fan has to leave work early to be home at 5PM to catch the 8PM game. Or @LA, Miami fan has to stay up till 11PM just to start the game. Sure, the league can schedule around that, but timeslot certainly matters ratings wise.
Technology can help address that problem, but I can see a $$ crunch the league might not want to swallow.