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Old 10-06-2017, 11:20 AM   #1
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Default Would you be in favor of a shorten regular season?

Adam Silver said there is nothing special about the number 82 and is open to fewer games.

The number being thrown around is 66 and 70. I think 76 will be the compromise.

The pros
Fewer injuries
Games count more


The cons
Loss of attendance revenue dollars
likely all-time records won't be broken




Would you be in favor of the change?
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Old 10-06-2017, 12:49 PM   #2
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No. I like basketball season. Why would I want less of it?




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Old 10-06-2017, 12:54 PM   #3
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Default Re: Would you be in favor of a shorten regular season?

No. I actually like basketball. 82 games is just fine. Hockey has 82 games, and is much rougher.
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Old 10-06-2017, 01:01 PM   #4
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Default Re: Would you be in favor of a shorten regular season?

I would be in favor of 60 games.

Makes the regular season more meaningful. Every game would count more. Players would try harder. There would be no need for resting. No back to backs, and less injuries.
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Old 10-06-2017, 01:03 PM   #5
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likely all-time records won't be broken

Wilt's records aren't being broken anyway. Might as well start over with a new record book for the new season length. The old one will remain for historical purposes.
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Old 10-06-2017, 01:04 PM   #6
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Default Re: Would you be in favor of a shorten regular season?

Also, there needs to be an NBA only HOF, and it should be strict.

Like top 25 all-time caliber players only.
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Old 10-06-2017, 01:41 PM   #7
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This needs to happen and relatively quickly.

The game has changed and the ground that is covered requires immense amount of pressure to be placed on the joints of players. In most games guys might as well be playing with warmups on for the first 28 min. And only if it is close do the teams ever work themselves into their best selves.

In college, most teams avg ~35 games at 40 min. That is 1400 min per season. For a 20 year old to come into the league and play SL (often two teams playing ~12 games), 5 pre-season games, 82 reg season games, then up to ~25 postseason games we are talking about 124 games at 48 min or 5952 min. That's over 4x as long a season, at a more competitive pace. Even without ANY playoff games we are talking about 4752 min, or 3.4X as long a season as they had the previous year. Its absurd.

Moving to 66 games would actually INCREASE the Nat'l TV viewership, BY FAR the best revenue driver of the league. The number of games shown by TBS/TNT/ABC/ESPN would not lessen AT ALL. And the quality of the games would improve dramatically. Now, that is 8 home games/team and for teams like Golden State that is a sizable reduction of gate receipts, etc. And the crunch to the local TV deals would be significant (16 fewer games, with none being removed from Nat'l games means the entire hit is a blow to the regional TV deals). Still, the end cost would be marginal in the short term and would drive the league in the long term because the quality of play would be better, the demand for tickets would improve (because of the limited supply) and you are removing most of the risk to fans of buying tickets for a game only to watch the B team play.

It largely depends on how the regional TV deals are contracted and what the impact would be to owners (and players) bottom lines. Players have it their way now as they are paid for all 82 and aren't (except in rare cases) playing all of them.
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Old 10-06-2017, 02:10 PM   #8
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Default Re: Would you be in favor of a shorten regular season?

Big-time. Just get rid of some of the weekday games. Start the season and end the season at the same time. Keep the schedule the same for the big ticket games we're used to like TNT thursdays and ABC sundays.

Better product overall. Too bad there's too much money at stake.
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Old 10-06-2017, 02:27 PM   #9
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Default Re: Would you be in favor of a shorten regular season?

Yes, for me the ideal would be if each time plays every team just twice. One home and one away and thats it.
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Old 10-06-2017, 02:56 PM   #10
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Sure. 180 days season, 60 games. Teams can actually have one real practice day and one rest/film day after every game. It will lead to a better product.
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Old 10-06-2017, 03:27 PM   #11
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Cut the number of games by over 25% and prices are going to sky rocket, especially the marquee teams. And they are already out of control for many fans. AND there will be less games on TV.

So ask yourself, do you want to pay more for the same bullshit? Teams are still going to rest players periodically. Guys are still going to get injured.

I remember the Minnesota vs Golden State game last year. Tight game, GS made a tough basket with like 10 seconds left. Minnesota got the rock and Wiggins drove baseline and got fouled (tough call, didn't look like a foul to me.) Wiggins made both throws and won the game, the ****in entire GS side was crying, everyone. Kerr even went to the press conference talking shit. The next day GS had a national TV game. They sat their stars, All of them. Coincidence? **** outta here. It was a blatant middle finger to the league for the blown call.
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Old 10-06-2017, 03:39 PM   #12
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Default Re: Would you be in favor of a shorten regular season?

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No. I like basketball season. Why would I want less of it?




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This. Plus the NBA season is supposed to be a marathon.
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