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Sunday, February 23, 2020

Report: NBA owners will not vote on major schedule changes in April

Adam Silver

The NBA’s major in-season schedule changes may be waiting a while after some new developments Friday.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the league will not have the NBA Board of Governors vote on its scheduling plans in April as previously planned. While the league is still studying changes like an in-season tournament and playoff play-in games, they are not yet ready to take it to owners.

Marc Stein of the New York Times said the belief remains that such proposals will eventually be adopted by the league.

The NBA is still trying to figure out how to create incentives for teams and players to compete in an in-season tournament, and that’s probably not far enough along to present it to the owners. Add in that some proposals don’t seem to be popular, and it may also be that the proposals simply don’t have the required support to pass right now. The league is wise to wait to present such proposals until they know precisely what they’d entail, how they would be implemented, and whether they stand a chance of passage. Ultimately, this doesn’t mean these plans won’t be adopted, but it may take a bit longer than previously thought.

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