2017-18 NBA Schedule Aims to Prevent Stars from Resting on National TV

by August 09, 2017
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The 2017-18 NBA schedule will reportedly eliminate back-to-backs around major national TV matchups to prevent teams from resting stars.

In a memo sent to teams this week, the NBA outlined its plans to reduce DNP-rest, eliminate 4 games in 5 nights, and other schedule improvements. From ESPN:

• Eliminating stretches of four games in five days and 18 games in 30 days.


• Reduction of five games in seven nights to just 40 instances across (1.3 per team), down from last year when it was on the schedule 90 times (three per team).


• Reduction in number of back-to-backs to 14.9 per team, down from 16.3 per team. In all, 40 back-to-backs have been eliminated from last season.


• Reduction of single-game road trips by 17 percent.


• Reduction in single-game road trips over 2,000 miles by 67 percent; there are only 11 of them on schedule.


• Increase in weekend games from 549 to 568, much of the boost coming on Saturdays. Previously the NBA avoided Saturdays and Sunday afternoons during football season to dodge conflicts.

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