U.S.A. – Changes on the schedule for the upcoming 2017 – 2018 season of NBA have been made to keep players healthy and to target more students to watch the game.
According to Brian Windhorst of ESPN, a concern on schedule was raised last season because the key players rested last March. Warriors allowed Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala and Klay Thompson to rest during their game-off with Spurs.
On the other hand, the Cavaliers also did the same by taking out their key players from their game-off with the Clippers. LeBron James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving were some of their best players who did not play the next week after the Warriors’ key players rested.
According to Windhorst, the schedule will expand by one week and it will push the start date by early October which will allow higher time off between playoffs. In result, the league will allow more space game out and help the players to recharge.
The changes on the schedule are beneficial among players because the five games will now be played in seven nights which was originally five games in five-night stretches. There will be no instance of playing 18 games in 30 days.
The schedule on the back-to-back games has improved as well. The 40 back-to-back games have completely reduced and each team will play fewer play-offs (16.3 cases back-to-back will be reduced to 14.3 cases).
Not only the back-to-back but also the single-game play-offs will be reduced to 17 percent. These changes have been decided by the league to prioritize the health of all NBA players.
Weekend games are also part of the changes as the league is targeting to have 19 weekend games this 2017 – 2018 NBA season. Most of the weekend game will fall on Saturdays, according to ESPN to target more students to watch the game. Hence, it is a good thing not to divide the audience during football season.