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A 78-game schedule still a possibility?

Posted on: October 30, 2011 3:20 pm
Posted by Royce Young

There's no chance the NBA plays a full 82-game schedule this season. Not happening, so says David Stern.

With the positive momentum towards a deal there was a feeling a second schedule could be produced to save the entire NBA season. And while that's not a possibility now with talks breaking down, there is a shot at still playing 95 percent of a full schedule, according to the New York Post:
" ... Multiple sources predict a 78-game slate will be staged if the sides compromise on the revenue split by next weekend. The final schedule has to be an even number, sources said."
That sounds exciting and fun, but it's contingent on one, pretty crucial factor: A new collective bargaining agreement has to be completed by at the very latest next weekend.

How would a 78-game schedule work though? The report explains:
The plan in the revised 82-game scheme were to play a small handful of back-to-back-to-back nights and more four-games-in-four nights, which is done anyway. Stern would have pushed back the end of the regular season to late April and perhaps not stagger as many off days during the playoffs. Also, Stern was willing to schedule a potential Game 7 of The Finals only a few days before the NBA Draft. All that could still take place to squeeze in 78 games.
But November's games are gone. They're canceled. The earliest the league would start is the first of December and while each tough has lost roughly 15 games already, piling in that plan to help grab an extra 11 games could indeed work.

You can put me in the camp though that doesn't really care about trying to squeeze in as many games as possible. Risking injury and extreme fatigue with extended back-to-backs isn't a great idea to me. Extending the season into deeper April works, but I wouldn't push for extra games if they have to be crammed in. You don't want the players and product to suffer just to get an extra 11 games.
Category: NBA

Since: Dec 4, 2010
Posted on: October 31, 2011 11:20 pm

A 78-game schedule still a possibility?

WHO CARES???????????????????????????????????????  

Since: Oct 28, 2009
Posted on: October 31, 2011 2:43 pm

A 78-game schedule still a possibility?

Let me see if I care...........CRAM, I don't!
Game is nowhere. It once was good.
Now owners showboat as much as players.
Who should care? Not I.

Since: Oct 31, 2011
Posted on: October 31, 2011 1:56 pm
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Since: Nov 23, 2006
Posted on: October 31, 2011 9:48 am

A 78-game schedule still a possibility?

i am a big fan of the nba but with this greedy bullshit going on i have my doughts,What the fuck do you all want...the world?you all are beond being rich now you are taking money out of the mouths of the people who work at the arenas the simple folks you idiots!To top this off the won't refund my money for my season tickets>SO FUCK OFF DERICK FISHER AND THE WHOLE BUNCH OF YA

Since: Nov 1, 2009
Posted on: October 31, 2011 9:42 am

A 78-game schedule still a possibility?

Stay home and so will we.  We will no longer pay those kind of dollars for your crap product!

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: October 30, 2011 10:51 pm

A 78-game schedule still a possibility?

Cramming in 78 games just shows they don't care about quality. In the end they will do whatever they can for the players and owners to make money. They showed no concern for the fams and low/ mid level employees through this whole process. Now tightening the schedule- just another insult.

There is a reason the NFL is so intense. They play once a week and prepare for that game all week. I have seen many NBA games where it was back to back or teams had played too many games in too few days and it was a huge waste of money.

Since: Oct 30, 2011
Posted on: October 30, 2011 9:24 pm

A 78-game schedule still a possibility?

Good, now NBA get a deal done, and lets play some BBall.

Since: Jun 3, 2011
Posted on: October 30, 2011 8:26 pm

A 78-game schedule still a possibility?

A  66 game schedule would be more workable and make more sense.  Each team would play their division rivals 4 times,  and play every other team in the league twice.  This could be done more or less playing games at the same pace that happens during a normal season.  BUT, they have to make a deal, and, I dont think that will happen until the players agree on a 50/50  bri split.  The players arent there yet.

Since: Aug 14, 2011
Posted on: October 30, 2011 7:54 pm

A 78-game schedule still a possibility?

The regular season is somewhat useless anyway with 16 of 30 teams making the playoffs. Anything that can be determined in 81 games could be determined in 50, or 40. A shortened season is only hurtful to the NBA financially and to fans who actually enjoy the entire regular season. Has little impact on which (top) teams would get to the playoffs, when even teams with losing records regularly make it. So I guess my point is--who cares? (not that there's anything wrong with fans who do want as many games as possible, I just personally don't get it)

Since: Mar 12, 2008
Posted on: October 30, 2011 7:47 pm

A 78-game schedule still a possibility?

The last time there was a strike in 98/99 the first few regular season games I watched, after play resumed, were terrible.  The quality of basketball appeared degraded.

There is more at work here than the number of games.  There is also the issue of the quality of the product if they run a compressed exhibition schedule.

So I wouldn't get too excited about a 78 game schedule until we get more details about the entire process.

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