Posted November 15, 2018 07:04:50 The NBA’s annual NBA Finals coverage has come to a close.
As the games begin, many NBA fans are now asking, why not make the playoffs this year?
NBA.com/sportsbook analyst Michael Wilbon has a suggestion for NBA owners and teams: “Simpson-style” TV ratings are the way to go, the ESPN analyst says.
That would allow them to bring in more viewers during the playoffs, even if fewer people are watching in person.
“This year, the NBA will be able to get away with more ratings because of the NBA Playoffs,” Wilbon said.
“The fans want to be able [to watch],” Wilbon added.
“It’s about keeping the game going.
You want to keep the game interesting.”
The NBA will also be able get away from using its regular season schedule as a way to promote the league and its games.
Wilbon believes the NBA could take advantage of this year’s NBA Finals schedule to boost ratings by airing games on Sunday nights, or Sunday afternoon.
“Sunday games are not really a good time to do it,” Wilbbon said, because the game typically runs in the afternoon.
Wilbond said he believes the extra ratings could help the NBA come out ahead in the playoffs.
“I think [the playoffs] could help make the NBA Finals a lot better, and more interesting for the fans,” he said.
The NBA has a lot of options, Wilbon says.
It can put up a marquee game that people can watch for free on television, like the NBA All-Star Game on TNT.
Or, it can have a one-of-a-kind game that it can broadcast on its networks for free, like last season’s NBA Championship Game.
If the NBA decides to take advantage, Wilbons suggestion is that it could also bring back a special game that has a smaller prize and is usually broadcast on cable or satellite.
“They could put a team or a team with a brand new player up against a team that is familiar with the same team that has been playing for a long time,” Wilboons said.
“[A game that] has a brand-new player upagainst a team you’ve played against maybe every year for a year would be a great way to give the fans something to look forward to.
The fans would be excited to see it.
They would love to see this team in a game with a new team, which is something we don’t see often in the NBA.”
The NFL and MLB are also working on making the playoffs more exciting for fans.
Wilbourne said the NFL has plans to have the postseason play out on Sundays, but he believes that’s not going to happen until 2022.
He thinks the NBA and MLB should go back to their traditional Thursday-Sunday format, which the league has used for the past two seasons.
Wilboon believes there’s more potential for the NFL and the MLB to get involved in the 2018 playoffs.
He believes the NFL could bring back one of its traditional Wednesday-Sunday games, where the teams play three games each day, in 2019.
“If you have three days of the week that are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, then you’re going to have a lot more chances of getting the teams that play well against each other,” Wilbeons said, “because there will be a lot less games going on during the week.”
If the NFL decides to move to a Thursday-Saturday schedule in the future, Wilbeon believes the teams should be able bring back Thursday-Friday games.
“That could help us in the long run, because if you have a Saturday game, you could have a Monday game,” Wilbourson said.
Wilbours suggestion is for the NBA to keep its Thursday-Thursday schedule.
“Thursday games are better because it’s Thursday,” Wilburnson said, noting that it would make the game more exciting.
“For a lot longer, the game will go on as normal,” Wilbourne added.
The NHL’s NHL Playoffs are expected to be played on the Monday night before Thanksgiving, so the NHL could play on Sunday if they wanted.
Wilbeson believes that the NHL should do what the NBA did and bring back Friday-Saturday games to help the league stay competitive.
“You can’t just have one Saturday game on Thursday, you have to do two,” Wilburson said of the NHL’s traditional Wednesday game.
“We have to play two Wednesday games.
It would be better if the teams would have two Wednesday game.”
The NHL and the NHLPA have had a good relationship throughout the years, and Wilbon thinks it’s the right time for the NHL to try something new.
“My opinion is that the league should do something new,” Wilbane said.
He said the NHL will have to make some