NBA Board of governors is expected on Tuesday to approve the play-in tournament as a regular part of future league seasons
According to sources, the NBA board of governors is anticipated to accept the play-in tournament as a regular component of upcoming league seasons on Tuesday. For the 2020–2021 and 2021–2022 seasons, the NBA had been voting on the play-inclusion in’s on an annual basis, but sources said there is support ahead of Tuesday’s ownership meetings at the summer league to make the tournament a regular part of the league’s calendar. A rule that punishes the “take foul” on fast breaks with a free throw and control of the ball for the offense is also anticipated to be adopted by the board of governors, according to sources.
In the previous two years, the play-in tournament has gained acceptance among organizations and supporters. One of the league’s primary goals was to stop clubs from tanking and maintain more franchises and fan bases engaged for a longer period of time during the regular season by having the seventh through tenth-place teams in each conference compete for the seventh and eighth playoff slots. The NBA feels that this regulation discouraged fewer teams from actively trying to fall to the bottom of the rankings in order to improve their chances of receiving higher draft picks, along with the flattening of lottery odds for teams with the worst records.
The in-season tournament, another modification to the league’s regular-season schedule, is anticipated to be discussed further during the meeting on Tuesday, according to sources. With the players’ association, commissioner Adam Silver and the league have been continuously discussing the in-season tournament and its effects on the schedule and income. Tournaments held during the regular season as well as play-in games must be discussed with the union collectively.
According to sources who spoke to ESPN, discussions have been focused on an in-season tournament that would start with pool play as part of the regular season schedule before teams with the best records advanced to an eight-team, single-elimination tournament that would likely conclude before Christmas. According to insiders, one plan would also reduce the regular season’s number of games from 82 to 78.
Before a deal on the structure would be achieved, the players would probably see greater financial and competitive incentives, according to insiders. The sides had proposed a payout of $1 million per player for the victorious team. The NBA is driven by the prospect of substantial sponsorship and television money that it thinks will result in long-term financial growth.