The NBA is always looking to stay current, fresh, and exciting for fans.
That means that the NBA is also always looking to change things up and add new, exhilarating features and plans to its schedule.
For the last few years, the league has been kicking around the idea of an in-season tournament.
Plenty of other sports have in-season tournaments that happen months before their championships so why wouldn’t the NBA give it a shot?
Current framework of NBA In Season Tournament as soon as 2023-24, per sources:
– Cup games through November
– 8 teams advance to single-elimination Final in December; other 22 continue with regular season
– All games part of normal 82-game schedule; one extra for two Final teams
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) September 9, 2022
The association, led by Commissioner Adam Silver, is putting together plans for this new tournament, which could first start in the 2023-24 season.
According to Shams Charania, here are the details: the cup games would run through November, and 8 teams would advance to a single-elimination Final in December while the 22 other teams go on with the regular season.
All of the games would be part of the normal season schedule with only one extra for the last two teams that face off in the tournament finals.
This idea is gaining steam and it feels more likely than ever before.
Enjoying The In-Season Tourney
At the end of the day, the purpose of an in-season tournament like this would be to drum up excitement about the league.
While diehard fans of the NBA watch all season long, millions more just tune in during the All-Star Game and the final few weeks of the regular season.
An in-season tournament could change that and might bring in viewers and fans months before the Finals loom.
The idea has gotten some pushback, even from those inside the league, but the NBA is moving forward with putting this concept together and making it a reality.
It seems like when the 2023-24 season rolls around, this tournament will be ready to go.