Two months ago
NBL Cup Format for Regular NBL Season
I am watching every game. Lots of time and little else to do with it (the time). I especially have enjoyed seeing teams back-up against each-other in a couple of days. And have savoured the adjustments being made, literally, on the run.
I have also read criticism that those games were too close to each-other, and that, of course, the losing team got strategic advances in the return game (learn more from a loss, yadda yadda).
Now, for those folk that don't like it, think of the most exciting, enthralling part of our reg NBL season, the finals. % game, against the same rival, in around a week and a half. Fantastic! 1 team loses and they adjust for the next g. We all wait to see if they succeeded, then again, and again. Basketball heaven, for me. It's almost like player development. You did well, this game, now see if can work on this or that. We expect the players to adjust, get better, learn. Why should the team(s) behave differently?
MY POINT (at last):
WHAT IF the reg NBL season followed a similar, play them now and play them again (and again, and again. See note below "*") schedule, mini-series through-out the season.
* Several ways this could be played out.
1. 4 at once.
All 4 regular-season games to be played over, say, a week.
Alternating H & A or 2 here, 2 there. Would obviously be cheaper, halve travelling costs and pay a bit more for accom. Perth & NZ & even Cairns will love that.
2. 2 now 2 later.
2 game series separated by several rounds.
Once again, Alternating H & A or 2 here, 2 there.
3. Leave well-enough alone
If the regular NBL season mirrored the finals format, would it be Boom or Bust?