Philadelphia 76ers executive Daryl Morey has some radical ideas on how to improve the NBA product.
Appearing on “The Colin Cowherd Podcast” earlier this week, Morey suggested the NBA reduce the number of regular season games from 82 games to 58.
“You’re too shy, but you have to go further,” Morey told Cowherd, who suggested a 74-game season. “I like 58. Every team plays every [other] team twice. . . The shorter, the better.
But that wasn’t all Morey had in mind. He also thinks the NBA should scrap its current playoff format and implement a March Madness-like structure instead.
“I would have done it once and for all,” Morey said, closing Cowherd’s best of five ideas. “There’s a reason everyone tunes in to every game with huge ratings in the NFL. It’s literally one and done. And the NCAA Tournament, in 63 games, makes more money than we did in our entire regular season.
“Any sport should want more games close to the Super Bowl. Nothing is going to beat the Super Bowl for a little while, although I think the NBA can definitely overtake the NFL in my lifetime because their biggest game is a big deal. .
The Super Bowl is the biggest sporting stage. The NBA may not be able to pull this off as effectively, but the idea of shortening the season is a good one. Injuries have been on the rise across the league in recent years and now more than ever there are “load management” days for players to rest.
Ultimately, money talks and unless someone can convince the NBA that it will do more with less, Morey’s suggestions are unlikely to materialize.