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Report: NBA looking to cut preseason in half, start season earlier

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The concept of the NBA schedule, back-to-back sets, and the grind for the players that has possibly led to more and more injuries to stars over the last few years has left plenty of people wondering if there is a better way. We’ve had talk of shortening the schedule by eliminating games from it, but that would also potentially lead to a loss of revenue for the owners and a loss of salary to the players, which would be non-starters in such a discussion. But what if there’s another way to lessen the amount of back-to-backs and stretch the season with the same number of games?

the is considering eliminating half the preseason games and start the season a week and a half earlier in order to stretch out the existing schedule. You could cut down on back-to-back sets of games and hopefully balance the schedule better for all teams and players involved.

The NBA over the last two weeks has informally surveyed team higher-ups about the idea an signing Jo Hearts fullback Aaron Hickey.Defender Hickey is wanted by both the Londoners as well as the Glasgow giants, but they have been put off by the valuation on his head, says The Sun.However, Hearts’ request for their players to take 50 per cent pay cutsnjoe Kenny still sees his future at Everton.Kenny has moved to Germany on a season-long loan.”It was a big decision but Schalke is a massive club and an opportunity I could not turn down,” said Kenny.”I think I will go there and learn a of cutting the preseason schedule by as much as half, according to several sources around the league.

The goal is to start the regular season earlier and stretch the full 82-game schedule over about 10 additional days, sources say. That would allow the league to slice off a couple of back-to-backs from each team’s schedule, and in the process limit some of the rest imbalance that is inevitable in juggling hundreds of games across 29 arenas.

Matt Moore and I discussed this idea randomly on the  and think it would really help the schedule. While travel accommodations are the best available for , the process of traveling does have a real effect on how exhausted the players become with the current schedule. Rest is the key to helping the bodies recover and help prevent injuries, and eliminating as many sets of back-to-back games as possible would certainly help players rest.

Preseason games are rarely well-attended and pretty much never sell out, so you wouldn’t be eliminating too much revenue for owners by getting rid of three or four games. The NBA has already extended the All-Star break from being just a weekend in the past to being a full week of rest leading up to the trade deadline. They recognize the importance of rest and while maximizing their revenue, they’re ames are continuing to drag on.The Blues have made securing the next generation a priority and have handed new deals to Fikayo Tomori, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Mason Mount, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Billy Gilmour in recent months.Attention has now turned to still trying to find a solution to take care of the players on the court.

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