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#pounditTuesday, December 7, 2021

Mark Cuban blasts NBA’s ‘dumb’ in-season tournament proposal

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The NBA appears firmly committed to implementing an in-season tournament to its schedule in the years to come, but the league’s most outspoken owner is clearly a firm opponent.

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban sounded off about the possibility of an in-season tournament on Tuesday after Marc Stein of the New York Times reported that the NBA is considering granting the winning team an extra first-round pick as potential incentive to win the tournament. That proposal was panned by Cuban, who also made clear that he hates the whole thing in a series of tweets.

Cuban’s comments illustrate the level of resistance there will be in some NBA circles to the changes the league wants to make. While the NBA clearly wants to increase interest in the regular season, it’s an open question whether fans would even care about an in-season tournament, even with significant rewards for winning players. The NBA is going to have to address the points made by people like Cuban, because it’s fair to say there is a lot of skepticism right now.

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