NBA: A New Playoff Format and Other Sensible Solutions To Fix the League

February 9th, 2011 by Eric Holden Leave a reply »
A short time ago, the end of the NFL football season meant sports fans turned their attention towards the stretch run of the NBA basketball schedule.

Unfortunately, the glory days of the league are far in the rear view and the immediate future is looking bleak.

Television ratings and ticket sales are on the decline and the NBA could be facing very uncertain days ahead.

The league began its slow and steady decline with it's 1995 expansion to Canada. The addition of the Vancouver Grizzlies - who later relocated to Memphis - and the Toronto Raptors, diluted the talent pool immensely.

This coincided with the breakup of the widely popular Chicago Bulls roster that won six championships over a span of eight years.

In the 1998-99 off-season, Dennis Rodman signed with the Los Angeles Lakers, Scottie Pippen was traded to the Houston Rockets and Michael Jordan announced his retirement.

Chicago Bulls teams of the early 1990s were obviously huge television draws, as Rodman's charismatic personality had crossover appeal to non-basketball fans and Jordan was perhaps the greatest athlete to ever play the game. The NBA was nev ...

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