It's been reported that the NBA will try to make the play-in tournament a permanent thing. Is that a good idea? I understood having one for the past two seasons because they couldn't play a full season. Going away from the traditional format might be a good move for the NBA.
One of the main initiatives Adam Silver has been strong about is getting rid of tanking. After "The Process" took over in Philly, Silver has put strict draft lottery rules to avoid teams from tanking. Now, he's trying to get more teams involved in the playoff race.
In an era where people are fighting over our eyeballs, I think this is a good idea. It's all about the ratings, which the NBA has struggled with the last decade. NBA ratings, including the playoffs, have plummeted throughout the years. Many factors play into it, but NBA TV is supposedly making a big comeback in the 2021 season.
At this point, fuck it. Why not have ten teams from each conference make the playoffs. More games = more money. At the end of the day, that's what it's all about for these leagues. The MLB has shifted towards the one-game Wild Card round and those games have been pretty awesome. It also eliminates teams to tank because they're technically still in it even if they are the 11th or 12th best team in the conference. For me, I don't like the idea of letting way over 50% of teams making the playoffs. I understand why the NBA wants to move towards this idea though.
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