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NBA Alters Schedule to Reduce Travel, Players Resting

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With an expanded calendar as part of its new collective bargaining agreement, the NBA has taken the most aggressive measures to date to build rest into its schedule.

In a memo given to teams this week, the league outlined how it hopes to reduce the stresses of travel and give players a chance to recover more than in the past. This is a proactive measure aimed at both player safety and to reduce the number of games in which teams rest healthy players.

After a series of high-profile players didn’t play in major matchups last season, the new schedule protects key national television matchups to make sure teams aren’t playing on back-to-back nights.

Much of this is made possible by extending the season by one week, starting earlier in October. Also, for the first time, the players’ union is a part of the scheduling process to review possible problem areas.

The schedule is expected to be finalized this week and portions are expected to be announced soon.

Source: Brian Windhorst of ESPN

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Source: Shams Charania of Yahoo

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Source: Michael Scotto of The Athletic

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