According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the NBA has sent teams a proposal for major changes to the 2021-22 season. These adjustments include a reduced season of 78 games, an in-season tournament, a play-in tournament for 7-8 playoff seeds, and a reseeding of the final 4 playoff teams based on their respective regular-season records.
In order for these changes to take effect, the league needs approval from at least 23 teams (two-thirds of the league) and the Players Association. Then, in April, they will need to be passed at the league's Board of Governor's meeting.
As motivation for the in-season tournament, there will be a $1M-per-player prize incentive for winners.
ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski explains that some teams are skeptical about the changes saying, "Some team executives are skeptical about the plans. Among the concerns of top front-office officials discussing these ideas with the league office: Star players might prefer the five-day scheduling break that would come with not qualifying for the tournament rather than competing for the financial reward of a winner-take-all event that requires a quarterfinal, semifinal and title round to become champion."
The potential in-season tournament would include all 30 teams and start with a divisional group stage before moving on to an eight-team single-elimination round.
Report: NBA Considering Drastic Changes Including Mid-Season Tournament
The NBA could look drastically different if these changes take effect.
Sources are telling ESPN that the NBA is considering a variety of drastic changes to the format of the league. They are currently in talks with the National Basketball Players Association to bring about these changes, which would be voted on in April.
One possible change is reducing the total games in the season to 78. Another would be reseeding the four conference finalists by their regular-season record. This would help ensure the best teams make it to the finals. The most drastic change would be adding a mid-season tournament akin to European soccer. They would do a 30-team tournament that would start with regular games representing the initial rounds. Then, they would move forward to single-game elimination rounds. Players and coaches would be compensated for winning.
Adam Silver has been a fan of adding a mid-season tournament for a number of years. Back in May, he commented on the idea: "It's incumbent on me to constantly be looking at other organizations and seeing what it is we can do better and learn from them. In the case of European soccer, I think there is something we can learn from them. The most-watched league in the world is only 27 years old. So the idea that the NBA can't create new traditions over time makes no sense to me."
Disney Announces Marvel Movies Release Dates For 2023
MCU is coming back strong.
Disney keeps it moving. The MCU has been the most successful movie franchise of all time, and Disney has updated its release schedule. As reported by CNet, On Friday night, The House of the Mouse announced more untitled Marvel Cinematic Universe movies for the next few years.
We already know about the films being released for the next two years. In 2020, fans will be blessed with Black Widow on May 1 and The Eternals on Nov. 6. Then, In 2021, Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings will be released on Feb. 12, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness on May 7, the still-untitled Spider-Man threequel on July 16, and Thor: Love and Thunder on Nov. 5. 2022 is a little murkier. Four Marvel movies are scheduled, including Black Panther 2 on May 6. Then, three untitled movies are set to drop on Feb. 18, July 29, and Oct. 7.
Disney recently announced there 2023 schedule, which places release on Feb. 17, May 5, July 28, and Nov. 3. The fact that Marvel is looking to do 4 movies in 2022 and in 2023 has fans speculating about a new major plotline. Is the MCU setting the stage for the Secret Invasion storyline with the Skrulls and Kree? It appears so by the way Captain Marvel and Spider-Man: Far From Home utilized the Skrulls. Nick Fury is the first to be replaced undercover, but the MCU will undoubtedly dive into that idea further.
The untitled Marvel movies for 2022 and 2023 may include Blade, Captain Marvel 2, Guardians of the Galaxy 3, and Ant-Man 3. We should expect another full Avengers team-up during that time as well, since 2023 will be 4 years removed from Endgame.
Lupita Nyong’o Drops Out Of John Woo’s Remake Of "The Killer"
Lupita is a busy woman.
Lupita Nyong’o is one of the most sought after actresses in Hollywood right now. Following her stunning rise to glory after 12 Years A Slave, Nyong’o featured in films like The Force Awakens, Us, Black Panther, The Last Jedi, and The Jungle Book. More roles are coming to Nyong’o’s door than she can keep up with apparently, because she was forced to drop out of John Woo’s remake of The Killer.
Nyong’o has only had two main starring roles since her breakout in 12 Years A Slave (Little Monsters and Us), so we were hoping for another one with The Killer. Speaking to Deadline, Woo admitted that scheduling conflicts forced Nyong’o to quit the film. “There was a scheduling problem because she’s so popular right now!” said Woo about Nyong’o’s exit. “We rewrote the script and it took so much time…she had to leave for another project.” He continued on to explain why he wanted a woman to play a role that was originally portrayed by a man. “The biggest reason why I wanted to do this movie again because [I wanted] ‘the killer’ to be a woman — that’s exciting to me,” said Woo. “It will make the movie have a different look.”
EDC Orlando Reveals Schedule and Map for Expanded 2019 Festival
EDC Orlando has expanded into a full three-day festival this year, running this weekend from November 8-10. Stacked with a giant lineup, more stages and new experiences, EDC Orlando finally gets it much breakout this year.
We published our stage lineup recommendations last week, but now Insomniac has revealed the full schedule and map for this year’s EDC Orlando. As usual, the biggest artists such as deadmau5, Eric Prydz, DJ Snake and Above & Beyond play prime time slots. This year the schedule is stacked to the brim from the opening, with artists such as Arty and ARTBAT playing early sets.
The schedule now includes five stages as well, notably adding the stereoBLOOM stage. The set times themselves are pretty lengthy, with most artists playing at least an hour. Some of the bigger artists, including nearly everyone at neonGARDEN, plays for 90 minutes. Not only did the festival expand to three days, five flagship stages and more land, the schedule itself has grown. That’s a pretty impressive feat.
Speaking of more land, the map shows how much the festival has grown in sheer size. The venue now includes new art pieces and activations, not to mention the five flagship stages and the smaller bonus stages.
Check out the full schedule and map below. We’ll see you in Orlando this weekend!
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