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Old 08-16-14, 07:46 PM
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NBA planning to add/implement a midseason tournament??

Details emerge about how the NBA would potentially add and implement a midseason tournament

The idea of the NBA adding a midseason tournament to its annual schedule first came about earlier this summer, when commissioner Adam Silver said at a Board of Governors press conference in Las Vegas that it was something the competition committee believed was a real possibility.

ďOne of the things that I didnít mention before that the competition committee talked about and seemed excited about is potentially some sort of midseason tournament,Ē Silver said.

ďVery early days in the discussion of that, but weíre looking at other opportunities in the league to create excitement.

ďAs one of our general managers said at the meeting, thereís very few things that you can win in the NBA. I mean, when you think about European soccer, for example, they have the FA Cup and they have other tournaments throughout the season, so I could imagine if we were to look at some sort of mid‑season tournament I would imagine doing something in Vegas. This would be a terrific neutral site location.Ē

While itís still in the very early stages of planning, it appears to be something that the league is strongly considering.

In a survey sent out to its fans via the NBA Fan Forum program, the league had a number of questions regarding the structure and implementation of a midseason tournament.
- Concrete details of how to launch something like this remain scarce, but the league seems to have figured a few things out. The tournament would take place in the middle of the season (January/February), it would be single-elimination style, and the final round would likely take place during All-Star weekend.

- The league seems to be all ears in terms of which teams and how many of them should be included. The survey asked which matchups would be of the most interest, how many teams should be in the tournament, whether or not international teams like Real Madrid or Maccabi Tel Aviv should be invited, and when the first round matchups for the tournament should be determined. A lot to figure out, here, to be sure.

- The timing of the tournament was narrowed to two options: Should it be played continuously over a 10-day period, or spread out a bit more, with first round games followed by regular season games before the later rounds are played? To me, playing it continuously is the only way that would make sense.

- The topic of prizes for the winner of such a tournament came up, and the initial options on the table are a guaranteed spot in the playoffs, a playoff seeding reward such as home court advantage in the first round, or a financial prize to the winning team and its players.

This was not brought up during the survey, but using a tournament like this to aid in how draft picks are allocated might be an interesting concept. Have the eight worst teams in the league record-wise at the time the tournament begins compete, with the winner either getting the number one overall pick in the following NBA Draft, or receiving the highest odds of landing the top pick via the Draft Lottery system thatís already in place. Teams could no longer tank to get the top overall pick, since loading a roster with bad or not-yet-ready players would leave a team too weak to beat the others in tournament play.

- The final question asked was whether or not the tournament should replace the All-Star game entirely. It should be obvious that this is a bad idea, but in case it isnít: That idea is terrible.
Thereís a lot to sort out here, and a lot to process in order to do this in a way that wouldnít throw the regular season into complete chaos.

One thing most agree on is that there are too many regular season games that end up forcing players to play when they arenít at their competitive best, either by being at a disadvantage on the second night of a back-to-back set, or by being in the middle of a stretch that has a team playing its fourth game in five nights.

If a tournament could be done properly, it would be a huge revenue-generator for the leagueís owners ó which might just allow them to be open to the idea of shedding some regular season games in exchange.

Itís clear that the league isnít yet close to knowing exactly how this would work, and again, thereís so much to figure out that we might be several years away from actually seeing this take place. But itís equally clear that this is something thatís seriously being considered.

Link to article: Details emerge about how the NBA would potentially add and implement a midseason tournament | ProBasketballTalk
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Old 08-17-14, 08:36 AM
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People are already complaining about tired players and this is an option?

It's a Clayton's champ and I can see Pop resting even the Coyote from this one, it's not the same as the FA Cup as that has history this would be another money grab with Specialised jerseys and all.
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Old 08-17-14, 09:13 PM
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Which ever general manager made that statement is a money-grabbing idiot. First of all, soccer teams don't have an 82 game season and the rest of the reasons not to do this have already been mentioned in subsequent posts. I'm sure Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili very much enjoyed their All-Star break from the All-Star break last season.

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This is the dumbest idea I've ever heard. There is only one championship at the end of the season. Any other attempt at a "tournament champion" midseason is ridiculous. How many teams? Well, it better be all of them, because no one wants to be at a disadvantage of having to play an extra 5-10 games midseason.

Injuries! Paul George. They happen. It's why many players don't play in the summer games.

Foreign teams? How would you rank a foreign champion team in the Spanish league vs the Italian league vs a midseason Clippers team? If you want some sort of "World Championship", than that should be done between champions after the season. You would have to push the draft and FA time frames back to allow for the NBA champs to have 1-2wks rest before playing in such a tournament. However, it would be against sub-NBA talent, so what would be the real purpose of competing in such a tournament?

It all seems to be money grubbing brainstorming. Some jackleg intern in an NBA staff meeting threw it out there and it caught legs because the intern is some famous guy's nephew and you don't want to disagree with him.

If you want to add more entertainment, add some more games to the All-Star weekend. Mix in some games of Around the World or Knockout (basketball version, although it would be mildly satisfying to see someone drop Eduardo Najera. I am not endorsing this, please don't knockout Najara or any other human being!) <-- That is an exclamation point and a close parenthesis, not a wink smileyface! You could play pin-the-tail on the T-Rex. Give a fan a 2 minute drill to try and score on an NBA player. Add more players to the dunk contest and add another round. Play an impossible game of HORSE or PIG. Have a pie eating contest. Any of these things would result in more players involved and more fans involved. None would bring in much more revenue aside from naming rites (PIG brought to you by Hormel, Around the World brought to you by Travelocity, Knockout brought to you by Lunesta, 2-Minute Drill brought to you by Trojan). Anything would be a better idea than a midseason tournament.
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Old 08-18-14, 01:29 AM
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NCAA basketball has minor tourneys within the regular season. I think it all just counts as their regular season record. But it would be much too complicated to do for the NBA. If they wanted to hold some kind of "Loser" tournament, kind of like the NIT to March Madness, with those that did not make the playoffs I would be cool with that. I think it would actually give fans something to look forward to if their team sucks for the most part.
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Even if the NBA wanted to play fewer games to make this happen (and they wont because they don't want to risk losing money)...but even if, Pop would sit out the guys because he wants to win a ring at the END of the season
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I'm not clamoring for this, but you could do it without adding any games to the schedule. Just take 5 games out the schedule and have the winners play the winners and the losers play the losers for 5 rounds.

I haven't quite figured out how to do it with 30 teams. It may require an expansion to 32, but this is something the league is preparing to do anyway. Logistically it would require the teams to clear out their arenas for two weeks.

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Then you start talking more compensation for players, if they don't cut out some regular season games. Kinda like what the NFL wanted to do to add more regular season games. Guys wanted to be paid more.
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Then you start talking more compensation for players, if they don't cut out some regular season games. Kinda like what the NFL wanted to do to add more regular season games. Guys wanted to be paid more.
An increase in pay is already built into the system if they play more games. The players are guaranteed to make 50 percent of income. Adding games means more ticket sales and TV dollars half of which would go to the players.
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O K. If you want to talk financial gains, what financial gain is incurred if a player is injured in a meaningless tournament going into the stretch run for the playoffs?
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