Is the NBA season too long? | The Tylt
Each NBA team plays 82 regular season games, from October through April. But coupled with a grueling, seven-week playoff season, many players (including LeBron James) sit out games weeks before the playoffs start to rest. Critics say the regular season is too long and resting players devalues the sport. If players don't want to show up, why should fans? Purists say the season length is perfect; players need to toughen up. If MJ could do it, so can LeBron. What do you think? 🏀
Is the NBA season too long?
Bloomberg's David Khan argues shortening the NBA season is the right thing to do. It'll reduce injuries, so star players will be more available on the court. No one wants to pay good money to see LeBron riding pine. These players are stronger and faster than ever, so it's unrealistic to expect they can play at the same pace as their forbearers.
But more importantly, a shorter season could give the NBA the flexibility to market games away from competition and make more money. That's right, shorter NBA seasons aren't just better for players (and fans), it would also make sense financially. Just do it.
Third, the NBA would have even more flexibility to backload its season into the spring, away from the long shadow of the NFL and college football programming in November and December.
Boo-hoo. NBA players have been dealing with the 82-game schedule for almost five decades. It was good enough for Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, and Larry Bird. These new NBA players are too soft and need to toughen up. People want to say they're the best, but playing through pain and learning to pace yourself is what separates the pretty good from the great. Michael Jordan always gave fans their money's worth.
And it's not just pundits who think so, but also former players like Dennis Rodman:
"You know what, LeBron's doing one thing that I always said that Michael Jordan never did," Rodman said. "He never rested. He played every game. LeBron has the position to do this now because they need him. The league needs him, and that's why he's doing all this crazy s--- now, like bitching and complaining and all this bulls---."