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Even if you liked it, don’t expect shorter NBA season in future

Apr 20, 2012, 10:21 AM EDT

David Stern, Adam Silver AP

I heard this from casual NBA fans and people in the broader sports media a lot this year — the NBA should start around Christmas every year. Even though this year’s start was delayed by a foolish lockout, some fans liked the shorter regular season. The condensed schedule that wore on players led to it feeling like we saw quality matchups more often.

But you’re never going to see this schedule again. (Well, not until the next lockout anyway.)

The NBA is going back to a full 82 game slate next year and the reason is money. The reason is always money. Here is what NBA Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver told the Associated Press.

“If you cut the season shorter, we cut our revenues significantly as well. Players would make less, so no, and I think it’s not optimal to play a condensed season in this fashion,” he said Thursday.

“I think both we and the players’ union recognized that going in, but it was a compromise on both our parts to maximize the amount of salary players would get this season and to have as authentic a season as possible, sufficient number of games for competitive reasons.”

So the NBA will return around Halloween as always and you can get back to complaining about meaningless January games again next season.

  1. hwatt - Apr 20, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    yeah cuz everyone loves to see teams rest superstars for more games than usual. I thought superstars sold tickets, not 3 games in 4 nights with bench players getting more minutes and stars striking poses in suits. Who are these people who like this junk?!?!

  2. glink123 - Apr 20, 2012 at 10:43 AM

    Retired NBA players already can barely walk at 40 years of age, playing an average of 3 games per week. This year’s pace of playing an average of 4 games per week would cut player careers in half. That one extra game is a double-hit, because it also subtracts a day of healing rest. It would be the equivalent of MLB cutting pitching rotations from 5 days down to 4, without allowing roster expansions. It’s idiotic.

  3. acdc363 - Apr 20, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    What casual fans are you talking to? I would never want a condensed season like this. Injuries and ridiculous schedules killed my fantasy team. Not to mention my Celtics were barely watchable for the first half of the season. If there was a schedule like this every year nba players would be retiring at age 30!

  4. drunkenjunk - Apr 20, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    I wouldn’t mind less games if the season started at the normal time. This condensed schedule in shorter time leaves a weaker product.

  5. rob0527 - Apr 20, 2012 at 2:24 PM

    I agree with previous writers, this shorter schedule has just led to more injuries and more stars missing more games. I like the shorter schedule which schools be played out over entire regular season, but we know this will never happen.
    The NBA is all about money, so get ready fans for the first round of playoffs to feel like a month. People will be surprised as to how much better the stars will play in playoffs with regular rest.

  6. detroitcityryda - Apr 20, 2012 at 3:21 PM

    Why does David sternovski put on star of David on prime-time Christmas game jerseys ? That’s no snowflake !that’s to show you who owns the players .

  7. southpaw77 - Apr 20, 2012 at 4:38 PM

    Think the article means something near a 70 game schedule rather than 82 games but with more normal rest. Could start in late November instead.

  8. watermelon1 - Apr 22, 2012 at 8:51 AM

    How about the season can go back to ring longer… With less games spread out more???

    Guess that would make too much sense.

    I mean, look at the nfl. Most of the games on Sundays. Only 1 game played on Monday.

    Yes, the nfl is now expanding and putting a game on every Thursday. But it’s still just 1 game. Not competing with itself.

    I feel the nba, MLB, and NHL… Could allll benefit from less total games, spread out more.

    The fans definitely would benefit. But who cares about them these days?

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