Shorter sea­son, new play­off for­mat eyed

Chicago Tribune (Sunday) - - SCOREBOARD -

The NBA may be closer to a shorter sea­son, a new post­sea­son for­mat and an in-sea­son tour­na­ment.

A per­son fa­mil­iar with the ne­go­ti­a­tions said Saturday the NBA is work­ing with the play­ers’ union and its teams on a plan to shorten the reg­u­lar sea­son, pos­si­bly to 78 games.

They also are con­sid­er­ing a change to the play­off seed­ing and the ad­di­tion of a midyear tour­na­ment for all 30 clubs in time for the 2021-22 sea­son.

The tour­na­ment would likely help off­set rev­enue loss from the shorter reg­u­lar sea­son and fewer home dates.

ESPN, which first re­ported the pro­gres­sion of the plan, also re­ported the pro­posal in­cludes a plan to re­seed play­offs af­ter early rounds.

That may cre­ate an NBA Fi­nals be­tween teams from the same con­fer­ence.

The pro­posal could be sent to the league’s board of gover­nors in April.

Rondo fined $35K: Lak­ers G Ra­jon Rondo has been fined $35,000 by the NBA af­ter he was ejected in the fourth quar­ter of Fri­day’s 130-127 win over the Thun­der in Ok­la­homa City.

The league said Rondo made “un­sports­man­like phys­i­cal con­tact” with Thun­der G Den­nis Schroder, ver­bally abused an of­fi­cial and didn’t leave the court in a timely man­ner af­ter he was thrown out.

Rondo was ejected af­ter he kicked Schroder in the groin area.

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