When recently asked about NBA scheduling, Blake Griffin proposed:
"Sixty-six [games], spread over the same amount of time [as the current 82 game season. Fatigue and injuries, and better product. If you have less games, less back-to-backs, the product's better. The fans will appreciate it more. You see those college guys playing so hard, but they play 36 games in the same amount of time we play 82 almost. I just think it would be a better product"
This idea of reducing the length of a NBA season isn't new. Dirk Nowitzki proposed a similar idea of about 60ish games last October. But as some NBA players have clamored for shorter seasons, Michael Jordan pushed back last year. Aside from noting that his love of the game as a player meant an appreciation of an 82 game season, Jordan highlighted the unavoidable issue that
"we'd make less money as partners. Are [the players] ready to give up money to play fewer games? That's the question, because you can't make the same amount of money playing fewer games."
So while the NBA may be open to the idea of having shorter games, it doesn't seem likely the 82 game season will be shortened any time soon. The 82 game season format has been around since the 1967 to 1968 season and its inevitable link to money will make it an impractical issue to bring up during the next CBA negotiations. These negotiations are likely to take place in 2017 when one or both sides choose to opt out of the current agreement.