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Wednesday, May 9th, 2012 at 3:00 pm  |  24 responses

David Stern to ‘Raise the Issue’ of Making a Shorter NBA Schedule Permanent


The people who work closest with David Stern on a daily basis have already flatly rejected the notion of a shorter NBA regular season schedule becoming the norm for the League, but the commissioner continues to dangle that unrealistic carrot. From CBS Sports: “NBA commissioner David Stern said Tuesday he would ‘certainly look at’ making a shortened regular season beginning Christmas Day a permanent fixture, while acknowledging the financial limitations of the idea. ‘We’re going to certainly look at it and raise the issue with the owners,’ Stern said. ‘The reason you don’t make it a shorter year is because of the infrastructure that’s been built. You have all of the buildings that have been selling an 82-game schedule. You have these local TV deals. You have these network TV deals. So, we’d have to negotiate with our players to take 20 percent less every year on the salaries that they’re getting. That is a problem.’ […] Two serious impediments exist. First, whether or not the league will ever be able to prove whether the compressed schedule — with, on average, two more games per team per month — was a contributing factor to the rash of playoff injuries, player safety has to be a paramount consideration. It’s unclear whether serious knee injuries to Derrick Rose, Iman Shumpert and Baron Davis were directly related to the schedule, but there isn’t a player, coach or support staff member who would willingly sign up to do that again. Second, as Stern said, player salaries and arena leases are based on 82-game schedules. Whatever you think of a shorter schedule, it would be necessary to renegotiate on both fronts. And the last thing the NBA needs after that miserable, 149-day lockout is more negotiation. It’s impractical, too.”

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  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Never underestimate the other guy’s greed.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Never ever gonna happen.
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    You would be screwing up the record books.
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    You would be losing a ton of money.
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    You would be taking even more money from the players, who you just took 350 million dollars from.

  • DUDE3000

    So who else thinks its time for Stern to step down he’s more then had his time as Commisioner and IMO he sucks i think its time for change. Get back to good ol basketball not greed and selling tickets. and he’s joking when he expects the players to take a 20% paycut rite? rite??!!

  • http://www.gil1906.com Pve_2

    This isn’t about greed. I think player’s would take a pay cut to have less of a grind on their body. Hell, I would if I were them. Guys that play 12-18 years have a hard time moving when their careers are over–Look at Kobe’s lack of cartilage. Less games mean that ALL teams can make it on TNT/ESPN instead of just the popular ones and fans can get to see the entire league instead of just popular teams…the people who will never go for this are arena owners/operators. And it hurts the little people who work in the arenas too.

  • http://www.yahoo.com berkamore

    Yeah, Commissioner Stern doesn’t think his 66 game season it the reason why guys are getting injured left and right. As a matter of fact, he thinks it’s such a good idea that he wants to make it permanent. Stern’s new slogan: “The NBA: where injuries happen.”

  • http://www.yahoo.com berkamore

    @ Dude3000. Agree with you. David Stern should step down.

  • Kadavour

    82 games dot com WILL NOT be happy about this.

  • D12FSU

    @berkamrore, the only reason the condensed schedule caused so many problems was because teams were playing 4-5 games a week because they had to catch up due to the lockout… if the nba does reduce the schedule in the future, the games will be more spread out and it would be the over the same amount of time as an 82 game schedule.. so actually that would mean less back to backs, more rest for the players and it could translate to better game play

  • D12FSU

    and David Stern is the best commish in sports

  • http://www.yahoo.com berkamore

    @D12FSU, You are right if the games are more spread out. But the article says that Stern is thinking about a season that starts on Christmas day so we are looking at a four month season. For your idea to work, we may be looking at a season that last less than 66 games, which is entirely possible. We’ll see…..

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    agree with nbk, haha @kadavor

  • http://www.twitter.com/_dfrance dfrance21

    Only thing I want to see reduced is the playoffs. Go back to 5 games for the first round, and maybe even 5 games for the second round. The playoffs just drag out too long.

  • http://friendhour.tumblr.com/ cramzy

    I’m with Dfrance21 on that playoff idea. I damn near wish it was just a one game tournament. Definitely wouldn’t see the same champions every other year.

  • Heals

    Shorter season means even higher ticket prices for Mia, LA, etc. when they come to town…

  • LaKid

    @Pve it takes away the overall number of games, but it also gives teams more games per month. So even though the overall wear and tear might be less, the back-to-backs/back-to-back-to-backs would still be more numerous. Id take an 82 game schedule and 6 months over a 66 game schedule in 4 months errrrday.

  • TheDDB

    66 games was more than enough of that product. David Stern should have stepped down 10 years ago before he turned the league into a circus.

  • LA Huey

    I’ll take fewer games per week but I still want them to start in the fall.

  • BWill

    72 games is perfect… every out of conference team plays eachother twice (home and away) and in conference team plays 3 times… just gotta figure out who has home court in those 3 games

  • dan

    just bring back handchecking, advise officials to stop calling ticky tack fouls and stop reward flopping, and relate salaries to success.

  • PnoyVibe

    Co-sign NBK 82 games worked well ever since

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/officerbarbrady what

    This is a great idea. They should also start on New Years Day so that they spend more of the season competing against baseball instead of football, and contract the Bobcats and Hornets.

  • smoove

    here we go again!!!…if it aint broke dont fix it stern

  • L Dribble

    What are the NBA governance arrangements where this guy can be Commissioner for 28 years? Dude is 70 in September – retire already!

  • Basketball_iQ

    david stern is the best commish in the biz… The NBA has a better model than any other league, the money a player is owed is guaranteed, and nba basketball is world wide unlike any other league outside of fifa. Hell, they have Fiba.
    He’ll step down after a few more years and AdamSilver will be the man.
    But the thing everything rags on him about is the dresscode… youre selling a product and selling a product is 99% presentation.
    Coming to the arena dressed like whatever. DavidStern has done an excellent job.

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