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December 21, 2019
The NBA has sent a proposal to teams calling for a 78-game regular season, along with an in-season tournament for all teams and a reseeding of the playoffs when the field is cut to the final four clubs.
Despite the idea of an in-season NBA tournament is being met around the league with feelings ranging from apathy to disdain even with a $1 million per player payout for winning the NBA is pushing forward with major proposed changes for its 75th season in a couple of years.
The plan laid out for teams calls for a play-in tournament to decide the seventh and eighth seeds in both conferences, the top 10 finishers in both the East and West would therefore have a chance at the playoffs — as well as a $1 million per player prize for the in-season tournament.
The CBA between the NBA and its players would also need to be modified or amended, according to McCann.
The current CBA runs through the 2023-24 season, with a mutual opt-out clause after the 2022-23 season.
Ultimately this will require the owners to approve it, with a vote possible this April.