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NBA May Get Rid of Divisions

12/10/13 in NBA   |   aaronjchung   |   264 respect

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Whenever new leaders are elected into office, one of the first things that they try to do is make an initial splash. For deputy commissioner, Adam Silver, his splash may be to get rid of the four divisions in the NBA. In the past, the point of the four divisions was to increase rivalry and reduce the amount of travel, but without a competitive balance between the east and the west and private new planes, divisions are no longer necessary.  
 
Silver recently told Sirius's XM Radio's new NBA channel, “As David said, the league is in such great shape. I mean, Steve (Kerr) and I were talking basketball the other night out in Brooklyn and [he] raised the same question with me about whether divisions have outlived their usefulness. One thing I have learned from David over all those years…one thing he taught me and all of my colleagues at the NBA is every day we should wake up and take a fresh look at everything we do. And I think divisions fall into that category. Obviously historically, based on geography in terms of weighted schedule and convenience of travel, the goal was to enhance rivalries and I’m not sure if that’s still what’s happening and so that’s something I’m sure that the competition committee, when it next meets, will be taking a fresh look at.”
 
If they playoffs started today, a team from the Atlantic Division would be in the playoffs with a losing record. This makes absolutely no sense from a fairness perspective and reduces the competitive balance. Divisions should be a thing of the past and Silver could be the man to bring about that change as early as next year.
 
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12/11/13   |   jaysinw   |   4839 respect

w_g_walters wrote:
I never liked divisions because  it can affect the playoff picture. Round-robin type seasons eliminate chance based on the different number of games vs. certain teams.

Reducing travel is largely a financial issue. But if you look at other nations, it hasn't even been addressed. Argentina, Australia, and Brazil have leagues with only one division, despite their size.

The real issue is fans losing interest as teams move out of contention for the top spots, even with playoffs. In football, this has never been an issue. But only soccer has handled this issue, using promotion/relegation, which only the US doesn't have, but I don't think fans would appreciate seeing a D-League team or AAA team *cough*astros*cough* getting promoted to the top level. I think it will take more than a single division or single-division conferences to keep interest.

Fans lose interest, ask the Cubs fans who year in and year out sell out cheer for the Cubs no matter what. You really what to know what is killing the sports here besides talent is the connection as a family sport. Yeah back in the day I could go with my family of 8 siblings and both parent to Shea Stadium, Nassau Coliseum, Giants Stadium and even MSG. Now for me and 1 other to go it would cost more then half of what it did for the 10 of us to go to a game. Still I would spend more money on the two of us during the game.   

Fans around the world see sports differently, have a team go from A division and demoted to B division more fans would walk around here in the states. There is way to many fair weather fans and many of those go to the games which has the history being a rival. I just watch a bunch go see the 'Canes and "Noomes play this year in football and no matter of the teams record they go to that game every season. No different when I was in San Diego and saw the Raiders come to town. More fans of the Chargers would show up and for the other games the city had to buy thousands of tickets or the game wold be blacked out. 

Bring better talent into the league get back to fundamentals and you would see a more balance league in any sport.

12/11/13   |   w_g_walters   |   221 respect

I never liked divisions because  it can affect the playoff picture. Round-robin type seasons eliminate chance based on the different number of games vs. certain teams.

Reducing travel is largely a financial issue. But if you look at other nations, it hasn't even been addressed. Argentina, Australia, and Brazil have leagues with only one division, despite their size.

The real issue is fans losing interest as teams move out of contention for the top spots, even with playoffs. In football, this has never been an issue. But only soccer has handled this issue, using promotion/relegation, which only the US doesn't have, but I don't think fans would appreciate seeing a D-League team or AAA team *cough*astros*cough* getting promoted to the top level. I think it will take more than a single division or single-division conferences to keep interest.

12/10/13   |   Phillygenius82   |   187 respect

If the playoffs began a month into the season that would be dumb! Anyone making that argument (or point or just saying it) should stop. 

12/10/13   |   jaysinw   |   4839 respect

People are going to watch no matter what, we are creatures of habit. I like having the East versus the West in all sports. Basketball in going through what many people have been claiming would happen we are seeing more and more lack of talent out there to many kids who should have stayed, or for that matter gone to college. The level of play in not great  at all Charles Barkley was saying a few days ago kids should have to stay in school till his sophomore year before coming to the NBA. MLB can get away with it because of the minor leagues the D-League is a joke because when kids get drafted they do not go there for a year or two prior to moving up to the NBA instead most of the players that go there are forgotten. Very few are giving a chance to play in the NBA.