April 16, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; NBA commissioner David Stern at press conference announcing ownership to Tom Benson and the awarding of the 2014 All Star game to the city of New Orleans at the New Orleans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

Would Permanently Shorter Season Be Better For The NBA?

Last years lockout season was very unfortunate in many ways, but maybe the league can benefit from a few things learned by the shortened season. Would the NBA benefit from shorter NBA season that does not begin until December? Nuggets Head Coach George Karl believes so.

“I’m sure Commissioner (David) Stern won’t like this, but I think the product would be better if we shortened the season. When we start playing in late October, the people are thinking football. If you could just get us less fatigue [in a shorter season], I think you’d have a better product. When they started on Christmas Day, I thought, ‘This is not a bad idea. This should be the start of NBA basketball … Maybe start Dec. 1 and play 62 games, whatever number they’d come to.”

Maybe George Karl has a point, I mean football season did just start, players would be more fresh and ready for the playoffs, and shortening the season by 20 games would for sure raise the demand for the NBA and ultimately increase sold out arenas.
I would not expect this idea to take place or make an impact any time soon, but it definitely should be considered at some point. With the NBA supposedly losing money this will help save on maintenance and worker fees and the league could justify paying the players less money. One could argue that this proposal would lead to less TV and radio revenue but more than half of the leagues games are not broadcasted, they can easily just add a few more televised games to ESPN, TNT, or ABC.
A 82 game season is very long and sometimes can feel drawn out, a shorter alternative season would benefit everybody involved.
Feel free to share your opinions on a possible shorter season for the NBA.

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