NBA Hoping to Restart Midseason Tournament Conversation Soon
A little of a year ago, the league discussed holding a midseason tournament.
Those talks simmered down when the global pandemic hit, but according to sources close to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the NBA is looking to restart the conversation.
The potential midseason tournament has never been voted on by the board of governors, but commissioner Adam Silver appears to be optimistic due to the momentum of the play-in tournament. In order for the midseason tournament to become a reality, the NBA would require a two-thirds majority amongst its teams as well as an agreement with the NBA Players Association.
The success of the play-in tournament has re-ignited the NBA's efforts to add a midseason tournament. 👀 pic.twitter.com/YNhwj4cU0D
— theScore (@theScore) May 23, 2021
Nothing has been etched in stone to this point, but previous discussions suggested that the tournament could feature an eight-team single-elimination format, with the winning team receiving $1 million per player. Numerous players from around the league have already voiced concerns over the additional games that would be added to what is already a lengthy NBA season.
It is too late for anything to be instituted by next season, but Silver appears to be determined to at least have the conversation this offseason.