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April 18, 2015 Updates

The commissioner said the NBA is monitoring the developments and trying to ascertain what exactly happened during Sefolosha's arrest. Silver added that he isn't "prejudging" anything about the incident. "I see our role here as a fact finder," Silver said. ESPN.com

Sefolosha had surgery on Thursday in Charlotte, North Carolina, the team announced. He will miss the entirety of the playoffs. "It's a huge loss for the league to not have him on the floor. Obviously, a huge loss to the Atlanta Hawks to not have a player of his skill going to the playoffs," Silver said. Silver added that, as a friend of Sefolosha's, he felt "incredibly empathetic" toward the player. "He's a player in this league, and we want to help him and assist him in any way we can. And our way of assisting him is to get the fullest understanding we can from what happened that night," the commissioner said. ESPN.com

Another change could come quickly. He said there were discussions about extending the 2015-16 season by a week, which he said could reduce the number of back-to-backs to an all-time low average of 16 per team, with an average of just one four-in-five-nights stretch per team. The playoffs and draft lottery apparently will stay the same. Silver noted the races for the final spots in both the West and East, claimed by New Orleans and Brooklyn, went down to the final night of the regular season. "If you seeded 1 through 16, of course you wouldn't have that," he said. "You'd just have one race to make the playoffs, so that's one factor." Oregonian

The way that teams are seeded in the playoffs was also the subject of what Silver described as a “robust discussion” among the owners. The Eastern Conference playoffs this season include two teams with losing records: the Nets and the Boston Celtics. The Oklahoma City Thunder, meanwhile, who finished the regular season eight games above .500, finished just out of playoff position in the West. The West is much stronger than the East, yet teams in the West have been somewhat penalized by the postseason gods. “When we presented all the data to the teams, what becomes clear is that there is no obvious solution,” said Silver, who cited unbalanced schedules — namely, that teams play members of their own conference more often. “It’s not to say we don’t think there should be a change. I think this is one of these issues that is going to require a fair amount of discussion and study.” New York Times

April 17, 2015 Updates

The strongest action to come out of the owners meeting: the NBA starting next season will reduce the number of back-to-backs and four games in five days that teams play by doing a better job of scheduling, handling the time off during the All-Star break and potentially extending the season by a week. "Those are changes we can make immediately for next year. … That's real progress for next season," Silver said. Teams on average will play 16 back-to-backs and the number of four games in five days will be reduced to on average one per team next season, Silver said. Teams played an average of 19 back-to-backs and 2.3 four games in five days this season, according to a schedule analysis at nbastuffer.com. USA Today Sports

The NBA will also explore the possibility of reducing the number of preseason games while ensuring sufficient practice time and starting the season earlier for the 2016-17 season. USA Today Sports

The NBA is not close to making changes to its playoff format, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Friday after the league and its owners wrapped up two days of meetings in New York. "It's early days in these discussions," Silver said. "This was the first serious meeting among all our board members on this subject, and the result was I would say inconclusive as to where we should ultimately go. It's not to say we don't think there should be a change. This is one of these issues that's going to require a fair amount of discussion and study, not just directly among the owners in the big room but with committees as well." USA Today Sports

Silver also said draft lottery reform is not coming until at least after the 2016-17 season because owners want to see how the significant increase in the salary cap because the new TV deal impacts the construction of teams. "There's still a sense we need to make a change but until we know what the team behavior is going to be with all this new cap room, we hold it and wait and look holistically at the whole system," he said. USA Today Sports

April 13, 2015 Updates

PepsiCo has signed a five-year NBA deal, making it one of the league’s largest sponsors and ending a 29-year relationship between Coke and the NBA. Sports Business Daily

April 10, 2015 Updates

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver is intrigued by the model of legalized sports betting surrounding the English Premier League and other soccer leagues abroad, which “don’t participate by law in the handling of sports betting” but reap the rewards of encouraging it. He indicated that applying the system to the NBA, if legal, would have benefits. The Fields of Green

The commissioner pointed to the growing trend of proposition bets, where bettors are given in-game opportunities for “immediate transactions” with “instantaneous odds,” as a major factor in the development of an illegal U.S. sports betting market that he estimated at $400 billion. Though that number is probably lower – between $88 billion and $380 billion by some estimates – the prevalence of prop bets cannot be denied: According to Silver, 80 percent of sports betting in Europe is on “in-play” action. The Fields of Green

Heat officials learned of the story via news reports, and were dumbfounded that the league would not have first spoken, at least as a courtesy, to the one franchise actually affected by any NBA/Cuba relationship. Heat owner Micky Arison and club president Pat Riley declined a Miami Herald interview request Wednesday, but another team executive told us, “The NBA never consulted with us. This was undertaken unilaterally. The minute we found out we registered our vehement objection to the league office. Neither the Heat nor any personnel will be participating.” Miami Herald

And now the franchise deals with an NBA/Cuba situation a different Heat source said “seems political.” Longtime former NBA commissioner David Stern was extremely active in Democratic politics and a major financial contributor throughout his years in office. New commissioner Adam Silver also was an ardent early supporter of Obama and has donated to the party — the political leanings at the highest level of the NBA perhaps suggesting a climate that would lead to a goodwill tour as a show of support for Obama’s new policy of thawing relations with Cuba. The four-day event could be a precursor to further league involvement with Cuba, such as exhibition games scheduled there. Miami Herald

Cruise stock prices spiked upward when Obama announced his thawing policy toward Cuba. People like Arison immediately imagined their majestic ships flowing lucratively in and out of Cuban ports, ferrying monied tourists eager to explore the exotic island so near yet so off-limits for so long. That could be another delicate spot for Arison, the idea that increasingly normalized relations with Cuba could be very good for Carnival and his already enormous bank account – but could also lead many Heat fans to angrily consider those profits to be Castro-dirty. Miami Herald

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