Friday, October 28th, 2011 at 9:25 am  |  14 responses

Report: NBA Wants to Extend Regular Season Into Late April

According to the NY Times, the League is determined to have a full 82-game regular season once a labor deal is reached, and thus working with arenas to ensure this happens: “League officials, anticipating a resolution, are quietly preparing for an 82-game season. The N.B.A. has begun calling arenas across the league, asking them to keep dates open in late April, according to arena officials. Each team would lose about 12 to 15 games with a Dec. 1 start. But they could reclaim a half-dozen or so games by extending the season through the end of April, two weeks past its usual conclusion. The rest of the games could be made up by adding an extra two to three games per month. Although the preseason is gone, there is still a chance to generate most of the projected $4 billion the N.B.A. expected for the 2011-12 season. But the window for achieving that goal is narrowing, and that pressure could spur a deal.”

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  • Thor

    Better than back to back to backs

  • jayb

    sounds good! i was thinking we could go later april and compress days off between the first round…this could work!!! shorten pre-season..start games last week of november and we are str8!!!

  • http://www.twitter.com/hurstysyd Hursty

    No. Please don’t do that. Extending the regular season later into the year means the playoffs & finals start later. Or, there’s less time between games, meaning players don’t get their usual rest and that means an increased likelihood of injuries.
    If they start later, it means that foreign (and US) stars have limited practice time for the Olympics. Dirk, Pau, Deng etc.
    I would prefer a shorter season (65 games or whatever).
    I want the 2012 Olympics to be super-competitive. If that means a shortened NBA season, so be it.
    Great Britain is gonna be better (Deng, Gordon).
    Dominican Republic is gonna represent (Horford, Charlie V, John Calipari).
    Spain and Turkey are gonna be great/good respectively.
    Russia and AK47 will be there…
    France, Brazil(Nene, Barbossa, Varejao), Argentina, Australia…
    Think about it, are 15 games of guys seemingly going through the motions of another (quasi) meaningless regular-season game worth sacrificing the quality of play at the Olympics? Which happens once every 4 years? I think not.
    Shorten the season, save the players bodies, make way for the 2012 Olympics.

  • Overtime

    If the Olympics weren’t around the corner, I can’t see any reason why the season can’t be extended as far as needed, but since its 2012, I dunno, I see Hurstys point

  • http://www.slamonline.com Max

    Hursty has a good point.

  • robb

    @Max yeah

  • AD

    i dnt care , as long theirs a season its fine……..


    Player rankings don’t mean ISH!

  • http://itsahardwoodlife.blogspot.com omphalos

    I care more about the NBA than the Olympics, we all know the US is going to win. What if we have a shortened season and Miami only loses 5 games. Does that make them better than the ’96 Bulls in terms of record? Better to keep it 82 and have no such questions. This is going to be a crazy free agency period.

  • LA Huey

    Make ‘em play 41 and just count each game as 2 in the standings.

  • Aizen

    @ LA Huey: LOL… Good idea, there bro.

    I don’t care bout the Olympics ’cause the U.S. is the best in hoopz, all I want is the full NBA season, dammit!!!

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    The NBA should not be concerned with the olympics in regards to NBA matters.

  • http://dodgers.com Joey E.

    82 games is too much for this year. cmon stern. are these guys that money hungry?

  • http://twitter.com/Sylvanusuagbor Syl

    A 82 game schedule would give this season a season feel. If shorter it’ll have a asterisk.