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Old 01-24-2010, 04:45 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Most Sunday games at the ACC start at noon, 12:30 p.m., or 1 p.m. As most of you have noticed by now, tonight's game will be starting at 6 p.m. Given that the Raps are playing the Lakers, you might have thought to yourself..."hmm....I wonder if Stern and his drones are trying to give the Lakers a better chance to win?" That would definitely be an understandable question to ask, especially considering the crap that's gone on in the league. The answer to that question is a resounding NO!

The fact of the matter is, the NBA's scheduling policy for Sunday games at the ACC is consistent when you place it within the broader context. Initially I was pissed about tonight's start time, but I think it's quite justified. In my opinion, if any future opponents are getting an advantage during a Sunday game at the ACC, it's one of our weaker opponents (Indiana). Tonight the Lakers will be playing their 3rd game in 4 nights. The league is almost certainly scheduling the game for 6. p.m because it would be crazy to expect a team to play 3 games in less than 4 nights. 3 games in 4 nights is hard enough. It's not about favouritism. I'll give you some concrete evidence that this is a policy that is applied equally to other Raps' opponents facing a similar situation. On Sunday, April 11th, the Bulls visit the ACC for a game that starts at 6 p.m. That game will be the Bulls' 3rd game in 4 nights. Another team is catching the same break the Lakers are, and it's because they are playing 3 games in 4 nights. It doesn't have anything to do with giving the Lakers an advantage and it's not about the Lakers being from the Pacific coast. In two weeks, the Kings visit the ACC for a game that starts at noon. The Kings have a day off in between each of their prior two games, so they don't get the benefit of a 6 p.m. start time.

Next week's game is a real example of a 6 p.m. start at the ACC that hurts the Raps and could just as easily start at noon. But, interestingly enough, the Raps play a weaker opponent. Next Sunday, the Raps play Indiana at 6 p.m. There's no reason why that game couldn't start at Noon or 1 p.m. If we're going to be pissed about a 6 p.m start, this is the game to be angry about. Why? Neither team is on the second night of a back to back, and neither team is playing for the 3rd time in 4 nights. However, the Raps lose an advantage in this scenario. The Raps have a couple of days off before this game, so they don't need the extra 6 hours of rest. Indiana needs it much more. Furthermore, an early start time could really help the Raps get ready for their next game, which is, surprise, surprise, on the road at Indiana. Ugh. If Sunday's game was played at noon, it would give the Raps, who are already rested for Sunday's game, more time to get ready for Tuesday night's game at Indiana. Yes, Indiana is facing the same timeline between Sunday and Tuesday's game, but they are the home team for Tuesday's game. A Noon start on the Sunday game would give the Raps an edge at home and help them get rest for the next challenge on the road.

I felt like discussing these examples because the NBA schedule does have some built in advantages and disadvantages for certain teams. However, things are not always as they appear at first glance. The game that seems like it has a conspiracy behind it frequently doesn't, yet the games we overlook sometimes have scheduling circumstances that are a real disadvantage to the Raps.

If there are any other things about the Raps schedule (or NBA schedule in general) that people might think are fishy, perhaps we should vent them in this thread? Maybe we should find out which ones really are annoying disadvantages, and which ones have perfectly logical justifications? Off the top of my head, I can think of a couple of things I find annoying. But before I go blabbing on any further, I'll wait and see if anyone else even wants to discuss scheduling issues, and has observations of their own that they want to share.
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Old 01-24-2010, 10:55 AM   #2 (permalink)
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the NBA isnt doing anything to help the Lakers.

leave that to the officials.

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Not very bright on the part of the NBA scheduling a game right smack dab in the middle of the NFL football playoffs.
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6 p.m. start might have to do with the Rock playing a game at the ACC last night
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Not very bright on the part of the NBA scheduling a game right smack dab in the middle of the NFL football playoffs.
3 games today and 2 of them start before the first playoff game

LA/Toronto going head to head against Vikes/Saints game
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I wish it started at noon. Its started to become a bit of a tradition to get my girlfriend over every Sunday afternoon and watch basketball, and then go to practice at 5:00!

Stupid that its starting at 6:00
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From the OP, I gather there is no fixed rules about Sunday start times.

The Lakers are playing 3 games in 4 nights, thus 6pm start time. But the Pacers start at 6pm without the heavy schedule. I suspect there are other factors that dictate the 6pm start.
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Take a look at the schedule. There are quite a few 6pm sunday games the rest of the season.
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Would the 6PM EST (3PM PST) start also help boost the audience for the Lakers home TV broadcast?

Doesn't explain last weeks 1230PM (1030 MST) start vs Dallas though.
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Would the 6PM EST (3PM PST) start also help boost the audience for the Lakers home TV broadcast?

Doesn't explain last weeks 1230PM (1030 MST) start vs Dallas though.
Dallas is one hour back, so it would be an 1130 start time
9:30 start time in LA


the early game is a lot better for the international viewers
I'd much rather see games at 8 pm rather than 1 am, but I end up watching replays if the game is on
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Lakers games are televised on ABC and ABC owns the earlier-afternoon time slots.

That's it that's all.
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I'm just pissed it conflicts with the NFC Championship Game


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Take a look at the schedule. There are quite a few 6pm sunday games the rest of the season.
They have a 6 p.m. start against Chicago, but that's because Chicago plays 3 games in 4 nights.

They also have a 6 p.m. start against Golden State, but the Raps will be on the second night of a back to back, so, in that case, it's a good thing for the Raps. Just like when they played the Spurs, the Raps were on the second of a back to back, so the game was at 6 p.m.

The Indiana game still annoys me. It doesn't have to be at 6 p.m.
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Lakers games are televised on ABC and ABC owns the earlier-afternoon time slots.

That's it that's all.
So you're saying that if it was another team playing today, who had 3 games in 4 nights, the game still could have been played at noon? And I'm not sure I understand the ABC point, because the game is not on ABC. Maybe I'm just misunderstanding what you're suggesting.
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Well the timing surely didn't matter today
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6 p.m. start might have to do with the Rock playing a game at the ACC last night
The Leafs have played Saturday night games and the Raptors have played the next day at 1pm, so I don't think it has much to do with the lacrosse game Saturday night.
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the NBA isnt doing anything to help the Lakers.

leave that to the officials.

Exactly!

The most important thing for the NBA is profit and they allow big names like LeBron and Kobe get away with anything especially in the crunch time. I remember so many things like LeBron travelling, Kobe's offensive fouls, step out of bounds three etc.
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