NBA proposes 78-game regular season, in-season tournament

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Dallas Mavericks' Luka Doncic, right, dribbles the ball against Detroit Pistons in the second half of their regular-season NBA basketball game in Mexico City, Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

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.

Per the official website of the league: “A copy of the proposal was obtained by The Associated Press on Friday (2012).

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 league would make the changes for the 2021-22 season on a trial basis, with an option to continue the next season.

The league’s board of governors is expected to discuss and likely decide whether to go forward or not with the plan in April.

The notion of adding a in-season tournament has been something Commissioner Adam Silver has talked about since at least 2016, drawing the parallel to how such events are customary in European soccer.”