The NBA has issued a memo to teams this week advising of scheduling changes to impact player participation, according ESPN’s Brian Windhorst.
The season has been extended for a week starting earlier in October, and several rules are being put in place to discourage the stars from resting so much. ESPN is also in a position to be a beneficiary of changes, as a broadcast partner. Last year, there were several moments where ESPN on-air personalities complained about stars resting in primetime games.
The changes include:
- No 4 games in 5 days stretches;
- Fewer than 18 games over every 30 day period;
- Reduction of 5 games in 7 days stretches for each team, by cutting those types of scenarios in half (40 total occurrences next season versus 90 times last year);
- 40 fewer back-to-back games this upcoming season;
- More weekend games, even during football season.
I understand what the NBA and Adam Silver are trying to do here, but I don’t see changes to the schedule having an affect on star players, specifically Lebron James, who will still sit out when he wants, even if it is a primetime matchup during the lengthy regular season.