The NBA is planning the inaugural edition of its intra-season tournament, should it become a reality, as early as next season, according to a memo sent to teams on Wednesday.
If the tournament is approved, they will announce 80 regular-season games for each team in August, with two more games to await, based on which eight teams will advance to the tournament’s knockout stage. Those games will be added to the season schedule.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver has struggled in recent years to include the event within the season. Talks have been ongoing since at least 2016, and in 2019 the league also made a proposal in which teams would play eight divisional games in a group stage, followed by quarterfinals for the top eight teams, and then semifinals and finals at a neutral venue in December. ,
This is clearly still the plan. The teams were told in Wednesday’s memo that with quarterfinal matches planned for early December 2023, the event has, again, not been sanctioned.
“It’s something that excites me,” Silver said in September. “I think this remains an opportunity to create some more substantial games within the style of our current season, games of consequence in the long regular season. I think fans can really enjoy another competition during the season.” , something like a cup tournament. Certainly not up to the level of the Larry O’Brien Trophy, but it’s important to play for.”
The scheduling process for the upcoming season begins with the teams letting the league know the dates their arenas are available. NBA requests that the list be submitted before December 9; The process lasts for several months.
Wednesday’s memo included clarity on key dates for the 2023-24 season. Training camps for most teams will begin on Tuesday, 3 October, except for teams that will play pre-season overseas, whose camps will open on 30 September.
The season begins on October 24 and ends on April 14, 2024. The play-in tournament will take place from April 16 to April 19, 2024, which means the playoffs will start on April 20.