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Report: NBA trying to implement rest days before nationally televised games


FILE - In this June 10, 2016 file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) drives on Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson, left, during the second half of Game 4 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Cleveland. Golden State won 108-97. The game, which aired on ABC, was the top viewed program for the week of June 6-12, watched by 16.57 million. (Ronald Martinez/Pool Photo via AP, File)


NBA commissioner Adam Silver practically confirmed the 2016-17 season would start Oct. 17 – the earliest start date (by eight days) in 37 years. That will allow the league to spread 82 games per team over a longer period, offering more rest days.

Some of those off days will be reserved for the day prior to nationally televised games.

Zach Lowe of ESPN:

This is a good idea, but hardly foolproof.

Travel and arena conflicts will arise. The league should also try to ensure nationally televised games are followed by rest days, because teams don’t always pick the second game over the first game of a back-to-back for resting. Games will get flexed onto national television later in the season, and those won’t necessarily include teams with ideal surrounding schedules.

The rest issue isn’t going away, but this is a small step the NBA can take on the margins to improve the product when it matters most – when the most people are watching.