NBA Discussing Midseason Tournament

    • The NBA is discussing a midseason tournament in which the winning team would earn $1 million per player, with potential other incentives.
    • The WNBA completed its first midseason tournament in August.

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The idea of a midseason NBA tournament got new life when it was brought up on a league competition committee call on Monday.

The tournament would be a standalone event with prizes of $1 million per player for the winning team

The concept was floated in June as a way to create excitement in the middle of the season.

  • At the time, the discussions centered around an eight-team contest featuring three single-elimination rounds. 
  • League officials have also discussed incentivizing players with donations to player charities, particularly social justice-oriented ones. Draft picks could also be put at stake.
  • The WNBA completed its first midseason tournament, the Commissioner’s Cup, in August. The Seattle Storm won $30,000 per player, and the runner-up Connecticut Sun earned $10,000 per player. The final game was broadcast by Amazon.

A midseason tournament could present new opportunities for media partnerships as the NBA negotiates its next broadcasting contracts.

The league is believed to be seeking $75 billion over nine years in new deals – more than triple its current deals with Disney and WarnerMedia which total $24 billion.