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Report: No 82-game season… but how about a 78-game one?

Oct 30, 2011, 7:32 PM EDT

*Jul 24 - 00:05*

David Stern murdered an 82-game season late last week when talks broke off between the NBA and NBPA over what is pocket change compared to the gulf that faced them at the start of negotiations. The thought was that meant there would be significant losses in terms of the number of games played to reflect the time lost. But the New York Post, which has been the “it’s just a little airborne, it’s still good, it’s still good!” of scheduling reports lately, chimes in with the idea that if the 82-game season is a goner, it’s just been reduced to… wait for it… a 78-game season. From the Post:

Stern proclaimed officially Friday there is no longer a chance of squeezing in an 82-game schedule with a Dec. 1 starting date. However, multiple sources predict a 78-game slate will be staged if the sides compromise on the revenue split by next weekend. The final schedule has to be an even number, sources said.

“Anything is possible,” one union source said. “If the handshake is a week later, it’s a week less of games.”

As The Post reported earlier this month, the schedule does not pick up where it leaves off on the original document. Several contingency schedules have been compiled by NBA schedule-maker Matt Winick, pending the season’s starting date. The schedule is made from scratch, pending the availability of arenas. Many dates are the same, but opponents have changed. Any lost games for the Knicks would be West Coast opponents, according to sources.

via 78-game NBA season still possible: sources – NYPOST.com.

This should hold until next week, when it’ll drop by a handful of games again. Then more. Eventually we’ll get to “NBA still considering five game schedule!”

These reports are good, though, because it leads to the idea that the league is still talking about salvaging things after last week’s breakdowns, just as things were salvaged early last week from the setback the week before.

The wait continues.

  1. goforthanddie - Oct 30, 2011 at 7:43 PM

    They should just pick up the schedule as is, whenever they decide to quit jerking off. No longer season, no cramming more games into a short season. As long as there’s enough divisional games to figure out who deserves a playoff spot, that’s enough; the season is already a joke, the eventual champ is going to have a lovely * by their name, so no need to waste time polishing a turd.

    • aqzi - Oct 30, 2011 at 11:26 PM

      One reason teams would rather have the maximum amount of games even in a shorter season is to recoup some of the lost revenue from a shortened season.

      • goforthanddie - Oct 31, 2011 at 1:31 AM

        Obviously. And both sides knew that was a possibility when they were dragging their asses and not getting a deal done.
        More games in less time will give us a season of tired players, sloppy play, increased chances of injury…Stretching out the season (assuming arenas can be arranged) just cuts into next off-season, and the Olympics are doing that already.
        Both sides screwed each other and themselves this season, they don’t deserve a full payday. I would see an overpacked schedule as a sign they don’t give a crap about the quality of the product.

    • david8726 - Oct 31, 2011 at 4:28 AM

      So Tim Duncan’s first championship counts less in your mind?

      Screw that. As long as they have a season long enough to determine a good playoff seeding, the winner of this years championship counts just as much as any other.

      • goforthanddie - Oct 31, 2011 at 3:27 PM

        When teams in other years have to play a full schedule, and Duncan/this year’s winner only play half a season, they need to be identified as “different”. If you wish to say they don’t count as much, that’s your privilege, I never said a word to that effect.

  2. jrmcool20 - Oct 30, 2011 at 8:17 PM

    goforthe, yes agree , they need to STOP all the jerkin off and either shit or get off the pot ,,, both sides especially the owners , dont want to lose the entire season and they know there will be a deal ,, SO the owners need to cutt out the B.S. and either get on with the season OR just not have a season either way , the fans are tired of it ,, as it is they r loosing fans for good , some fans will NEVER come back ,, and the longer this thing goes on the more fans they will lose ,, already i was reading were many season ticket holders said they will not go to games anymore and will not buy anything NBA logo in it !!! and i belive it . all that money and its STILL not enough for them,,, its STUPID !!!! there process has twisted MANY fans out there and if they dont get it together real soon they are going to do a real number on the nba from here on OUT !!! i like your post and agree 100% , its a big joke !!! ^5

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