The NBA is always looking toward the future, and now they are doing so with an eye on soccer. Soccer leagues around the world are known for having multiple in-season tournaments that teams play in, and now the NBA is looking at that model to add intrigue to the season.
According to Marc Stein of The New York Times, the NBA and Adam Silver are “fairly intensely” studying the addition of an in-season Cup tournament where the final four would play for the cup in place of the All-Star Game, which has seen dwindling ratings over the years.
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If not a midseason tournament, the league could add an end of the season play-in tournament to ensure the best teams are in the eventual NBA Playoffs.
Changes this grand would be a seismic shift to how the NBA works and may take a while for fans to grab onto, but these types of tournaments have worked very well for soccer leagues around the world.
Not only does soccer have multiple tournaments, but it also has promotion and relegation. Could we see a future where the worst record in the NBA gets relegated to the G-League, while the G-League champion gets promoted to the NBA? That may sound crazy, but again, look at the soccer model. It works.
In all likelyhood, the NBA will probably not change a ton about its current format, but it's great that the commissioner is always looking to other leagues to see how he can improve his own.
Would you be for adding tournaments to the NBA season or are you a purist who just wants to keep it how it is? If you were commissioner, what would you change?