The NBA season can be long and grueling.
To win the NBA title, a team can rest easy knowing that it has come a long way to prove itself. Each NBA team travels to the other 29 teams in the league (if you’re not the Clippers or Lakers, then you just need to travel to 28 other teams) at least once a year.
To keep up with the regular season schedule for about seven months, a busy schedule is required. But how many matches are the teams playing in total?
How many games are played in an NBA season?
Each team plays 82 matches in a standard season. This means that in total, the NBA season consists of 1,230 games.
The 82-match season began in the 1967-68 season, but there have been recent discussions about the possibility of shortening it.
NBA teams played 68 to 80 games per season before the 82-game schedule was officially adopted.
Exceptions include the 1998-99 season, shortened due to the lockout (50 games), the 2011-12 season, shortened due to the lockout (66 games), and the 2019-20 season, which was shortened and postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, resulting in teams playing different numbers. gaming.
What is the point of shortening the NBA season?
The duration of the NBA has been the subject of intense scrutiny in recent years, in part because of the workload management issue. The grueling nature of the calendar, which sometimes includes consecutive games or multiple games in a short period of time, tends to put a lot of pressure on star players. Those with a history of injuries (or even no history of injuries) sometimes get a strategic rest.
This is not optimal for the NBA’s business model, since its players are those who paying customers want to see, both in person and on television.
Ultimately, with 82 games each, it also means less. Losing three matches in a row means much more if it was 60-70 matches than when there were 82. A limited schedule would increase the intensity and theoretically make what is happening more exciting. The idea that fewer tickets will be sold for matches may scare off owners, but if fans show more interest during sixty matches, demand could potentially increase.
NBA Schedule Release for 2023-24 Season
Today, the NBA released its full game schedule and broadcast schedule for TNT, ESPN, ABC, NBA TV and ESPN Radio for the 2023-24 regular season. Daily and team schedules are attached and available at NBA.com/schedule .
The 78th NBA regular season will begin on Tuesday, October 24, 2023, and will end on Sunday, April 14, 2024. The NBA Play-In 2024 tournament will be held from Tuesday, April 16, to Friday, April 19, after which the NBA 2024 playoffs, presented by Google Pixel, will start on Saturday, April 20. The first game of the 2024 NBA Finals, presented by YouTube TV, is scheduled for Thursday, June 6.
The regular season schedule includes specific dates and opponents for 80 of each team’s 82 games, as well as two games designated as dates to be determined, and opponents. These two games for each team, which will be played in the week beginning December 4, will be determined based on the results of group games in the first tournament of the NBA season. The schedule of group games (from November 3 to November 28) was announced on August 15.
Last day of the regular season
All 30 teams will play on the last day of the regular season (Sunday, April 14). In an effort to maximize competitive fairness, seven games between Eastern Conference teams will begin at 1 p.m. Eastern time, and seven games between Western Conference teams and an inter-conference game will begin at 3:30 p.m. Eastern time. ESPN will televise a double bracket, and matches will be determined later.
NBA Global Games
NBA Television will broadcast both Global Games in the 2023-24 regular season schedule. As previously announced, the Hawks will face the Orlando Magic at the 2023 NBA game in Mexico City on Thursday, November 9, at CDMX Arena in Mexico City (9:30 pm ET), and the Brooklyn Nets will face the Cleveland Cavaliers at the tournament. Thursday, January 11, at the Accor Arena in Paris (2 p.m. ET).
NBA Seasonal Tournament
The group games of the NBA season tournament for all 30 teams will be held on Tuesdays and Fridays in November, and TNT, ESPN and NBA TV will be combined to broadcast 16 games. Eight teams will advance to the qualifying rounds, which consist of elimination games in the quarterfinals (Monday, December 4 and Tuesday, December 5), the semifinals (Thursday, December 7) and the championship (Saturday, December 9). . The schedule of national broadcasts of the qualifying rounds will be announced later.