NBA And NBPA Reportedly Working To Finalize Mid-Season Tournament


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For a while now, there have been talks of the NBA implementing a mid-season tournament for their teams to compete in.

Now, it seems we are closer than ever to it becoming a reality.

NBA Insider Shams Charania reported today that the NBA and NBPA are working to finalize an in-season tournament that would begin during the 2023-24 season.

NBA and NBPA reportedly working to finalize an in-season tournament for 2023-24 season

Based on Charania’s report, it seems like this tournament a similar structure to the UEFA Champions League. It starts with 30 teams playing “group stage” games. That group stage works the tournament down to 8 teams, who will move to the single-elimination round.

For the NBA’s tournament, games played in the tournament will replace regular season games.

It will be interesting to see how this tournament would be received by NBA fans. One of the major complaints about the NBA these days is that there are too many games that aren’t particularly significant, with stars frequently skipping these for rest.

An in-season tournament would give a few games in November and December some more significance, but it’s unclear how much.

The appeal of the Champions League is that the top teams from each league in Europe only play against each other in the Champions League. This would just be more games between NBA teams wit a new trophy on the line.

However this tournament ends up working out for the NBA, it may be something fans are watching very soon.

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