The NBA is considering the season-tested WNBA and G League

It looks like the NBA is about to announce a championship in the season. Fans can look forward to the WNBA Commissioner’s Cup to see what that might look like.

We think there is a model in which we can do this. “Don’t increase the games, but make some games of the season more rewarding and create real value competition within the competition,” NBA Deputy Commissioner and Director of Operations Mark Tatum said at the 2022 SBJ Sports Conference.

According to Tatum, the new tournament of the season could take place in November or December. “We’re still working on the timing, but somewhere in the season where that makes sense and there’s a chance for us to gain some interest around that specific competition,” he said.

Amazon Vice President of Global Sports Video Mary Donoghue was also among the panelists and noted that this model is already in the WNBA.

Or not announce In May 2021, the WNBA Commissioner’s Cup is played between all 12 teams for a combined final prize of $500,000. Eleven days after this announcement, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski Wrote That the National Basketball Association was “keen to resume the conversation with its teams and the Players’ Association about adding the mid-season championship to the league calendar.”

Later that year, G League announce She was renewing her winter show to serve as a championship-level league of the season as well.

“One of the things with the WNBA and with G league is that we are able to test some of these concepts and it has really created additional fan interaction with the WNBA,” Tatum said.

Adam Silver, the NBA commissioner in revamping the NBA calendar, dates back to 2016 and acknowledging the use of the WNBA alongside the G League as a “testing ground” for those ideas is intriguing.

The WNBA sets the trends for the NBA

For many familiar with the WNBA, seeing which league group trends the NBA and the G League ultimately follow isn’t new.

In 2016, the WNBA unveiled a file match format Regardless of the order of the conference, after the Silver expressed ‘The need to make [the same] Change ‘in the men’s league.

Recently, the WNBA announce He shifted toward the centerless vote for all league teams on August 5. This came after silver He said That the NBA was considering the same approach in June.

New discoveries in the interconnected nature of men’s and women’s basketball help inform a recent conversation about LeBron James’ “shop” between Lisa Leslie, Draymond Green and James three-time WNBA MVP.

When asked what she would like to change in the WNBA, Leslie replied, “The league is rocking.” He certainly is. The WNBA has finished the 2022 regular season serving the most-watched regular season in 14 years side by side records to share with fans.

However, she admitted that she would like to change the pay gap between the NBA and the WNBA. “One player earning maybe 12 million on an NBA team can cover as much as the entire WNBA salary,” Leslie said.

Social reactions to this discussion have focused broadly on Draymond’s response that a lack of appreciation for NBA players “troubles him,” along with Leslie’s acknowledgment that NBA players are the WNBA’s “No. 1 allies” that she feels underused.

A brighter exchange occurred later. After LeBron shared that he feels the WNBA is making it difficult for NBA players to support the W, he closed the conversation with laughter that the league was making a “fatal mistake” with important WNBA broadcasts in conflict with the NFL.

Everyone in the conversation agreed that this should change in favor of the vision for the best WNBA games. If the NBA was indeed using the WNBA to “test” ideas, perhaps a more equitable exchange of ideas between leagues at the executive level might be possible.

To start, perhaps the NBA could take a page out of the WNBA book and award the new Tournament Player of the Season comic small cup To match WNBA Commissioner Kathy Engelbert who introduced the WNBA Champion Kelsey Bloom This year after the Commissioner’s Cup.

A bigger trophy than Kelsey Plum's will likely be awarded for an in-season championship in the NBA, which the league is said to be working on.  (David Banks-USA Today Sports)

A bigger trophy than Kelsey Plum’s will likely be awarded for an in-season championship in the NBA, which the league is said to be working on. (David Banks-USA Today Sports)

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