Beginning the 2011-12 NBA season on Christmas, rather than in late October, was liked by some fans and hated by others. For those who weren't a fan of it, you're in luck. David Stern has annouced a shortened season won't happen again.
Stern says he is "skeptical of shortening the number of games in a season."
He claims the rigorous schedule may be related to the high number of injuries throughout the league, but Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver was a bit more straightforward.
"If you cut the season shorter, we cut our revenues significantly as well. Players would make less, so no, and I think it's not optimal to play a condensed season in this fashion."
The league's pro-rated 66 games this season not only caused the players to make less money, but it also affected revenue from ticket sales, sponsorships, television networks, and lessened the pay to arena employees.
Everyone wants to get paid, which means we won't be seeing anything short of 82 games per season anytime soon.