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The NBA's looking to add buzz, but this in-season tournament idea falls flat – The Athletic

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The NBA continues to get my curmudgeon up.

What has been talked about is now an official league proposal, as our Shams Charania and others have reported: an in-season, pre-Christmas, eight-game basketball tournament involving all 30 teams, with the winning team getting $15 million to split — presumably, giving each player $1 million if you have a full roster — to help gin up interest in the regular season, where TV ratings are sagging worse than Uncle Stan’s couch after Thanksgiving. The proposal would reduce the regular-season schedule from 82 games down to 78, and have a four-team showdown in each conference between the Nos. 7, 8, 9 and 10 place teams for the final two playoff spots.

These ideas have, literally, been poll-tested. The Associated Press reported the league commissioned a study this year that showed 75 percent of fans were interested in a play-in tournament for the last playoff spots, 68 percent of fans were interested in an in-season…

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Sportsnet announces broadcast schedule for first two days of MLB playoffs – Sportsnet.ca

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The expanded MLB playoff format created a wild race to the finish but now that the dust is settled, the wild card round matchups are now set.

The 2020 season, already unique due to the COVID-19 pandemic delaying the start of play, will feature 16 teams instead of the usual 10 and begin with eight best-of-three series. All three games in each series will be played on consecutive days and be hosted by the team with the higher seed, with one playing eight, two playing seven and so on.

The wild card matchups are as follows:

American League
Tampa Bay Rays (1) vs. Toronto Blue Jays (8)
Oakland Athletics (2) vs. Chicago White Sox (7)
Minnesota Twins (3) vs. Houston Astros (6)
Cleveland Indians (4) vs. New York Yankees (5)

National League
Los Angeles Dodgers (1) vs. Milwaukee Brewers (8)
Atlanta Braves (2) vs. Cincinnati Reds (7)
Chicago Cubs (3) vs. Miami Marlins (6)
San Diego Padres (4) vs. St. Louis Cardinals (5)

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All games involving the Blue Jays can be seen exclusively on Sportsnet and SN Now. Coverage of Game 1 between the Blue Jays and Rays will begin at 4 p.m. ET/ 1 p.m. PT with a special one-hour Blue Jays Central pre-game show before first pitch at 5 p.m. ET/ 2 p.m. PT. Coverage of Game 2 will begin at 3:30 p.m. ET/ 12:30 p.m. PT with first pitch at 4 p.m. ET/ 1 p.m. PT.

Former Blue Jays pitcher John Axford joins Sportsnet’s Jamie Campbell and Pat Tabler for the special one-hour Blue Jays Central pre-game show, featuring a musical opening by The Arkells and a video essay from Stephen Brunt that explores the Blue Jays extraordinary 2020 season.

After the wild card round, the playoffs will continue in the traditional format with the best-of-five division series, best-of-seven league championship round and best-of-seven World Series.

The division series will pit the winners of the one/eight matchups against the winners of the four/five matchups and the winners of the two/seven matchups against the winners of the three/six matchups.

MLB is adopting a bubble format for the post-season following the success of the NHL and NBA’s playoffs.

As a result, the American League division series will be played in San Diego and Los Angeles and the championship series will be played in San Diego. The National League division series will be played in Houston and Arlington, Texas. Arlington will also host the NL championship series and the World Series at Globe Life Park, the newly opened home of the Texas Rangers.

Below is the full schedule for the MLB playoffs. All times Eastern.

WILD CARD SERIES (BEST OF THREE)

DATEGAMETIMECHANNEL
Tuesday, Sept. 29Rays (1) vs. Blue Jays (8), Game 15 p.m.SN
 Athletics (2) vs. White Sox (7), Game 13 p.m.SN360
 Twins (3) vs. Astros (6), Game 12 p.m.SN1
 Indians (4) vs. Yankees (5), Game 17 p.m.SN1
    
Wednesday, Sept. 30Rays (1) vs. Blue Jays (8), Game 24 p.m.SN
 Athletics (2) vs. White Sox (7), Game 23 p.m.SN360
 Twins (3) vs. Astros (6), Game 21 p.m.SN1
 Indians (4) vs. Yankees (5), Game 27 p.m.SN1
 Dodgers (1) vs. Brewers (8), Game 110 p.m.SN360
 Braves (2) vs. Reds (7), Game 1NoonSN & SN360
 Cubs (3) vs. Marlins (6), Game 12 p.m.SN NOW
 Padres (4) vs. Cardinals (5), Game 15 p.m.SN NOW
    
Thursday, Oct. 1Rays (1) vs. Blue Jays (8), Game 3TBD 
 Athletics (2) vs. White Sox (7), Game 3TBD 
 Twins (3) vs. Astros (6), Game 3TBD 
 Indians (4) vs. Yankees (5), Game 3TBD 
 Dodgers (1) vs. Brewers (8), Game 2TBD 
 Braves (2) vs. Reds (7), Game 2TBD 
 Cubs (3) vs. Marlins (6), Game 2TBD 
 Padres (4) vs. Cardinals (5), Game 2TBD 
    
Friday, Oct. 2Dodgers (1) vs. Brewers (8), Game 3TBD 
 Braves (2) vs. Reds (7), Game 3TBD 
 Cubs (3) vs. Marlins (6), Game 3TBD 
 Padres (4) vs. Cardinals (5), Game 3TBD

DIVISION SERIES (BEST OF FIVE)

DATEROUNDGAMESITE
Monday, Oct. 5AL Division Series AGame 1San Diego, (1/8 vs. 4/5 winners)
 AL Division Series BGame 1Los Angeles (2/7 vs. 3/6 winners)
    
Tuesday, Oct. 6AL Division Series AGame 2San Diego, (1/8 vs 4/5 winners)
 AL Division Series BGame 2Los Angeles (2/7 vs. 3/6 winners)
 NL Division Series AGame 1Arlington (1/8 vs. 4/5 winners)
 NL Division Series BGame 1Houston (2/7 vs. 3/6 winners)
    
Wednesday, Oct. 7AL Division Series AGame 3San Diego, (1/8 vs 4/5 winners)
 AL Division Series BGame 3Los Angeles (2/7 vs. 3/6 winners)
 NL Division Series AGame 2Arlington (1/8 vs. 4/5 winners)
 NL Division Series BGame 2Houston (2/7 vs. 3/6 winners)
    
Thursday, Oct. 8AL Division Series AGame 4San Diego, (1/8 vs 4/5 winners)
 AL Division Series BGame 4Los Angeles (2/7 vs. 3/6 winners)
 NL Division Series AGame 3Arlington (1/8 vs. 4/5 winners)
 NL Division Series BGame 3Houston (2/7 vs. 3/6 winners)
    
Friday, Oct. 9AL Division Series AGame 5San Diego, (1/8 vs 4/5 winners)
 AL Division Series BGame 5Los Angeles (2/7 vs. 3/6 winners)
 NL Division Series AGame 4Arlington (1/8 vs. 4/5 winners)
 NL Division Series BGame 4Houston (2/7 vs. 3/6 winners)
    
Saturday, Oct. 10NL Division Series AGame 5Arlington (1/8 vs. 4/5 winners)
 NL Division Series BGame 5Houston (2/7 vs. 3/6 winners)

LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES (BEST OF SEVEN)

DATEROUNDGAMESITE
Sunday, Oct. 11ALCSGame 1San Diego
    
Monday, Oct. 12ALCSGame 2San Diego
 NLCSGame 1Arlington
    
Tuesday, Oct. 13ALCSGame 3San Diego
 NLCSGame 2Arlington
    
Wednesday, Oct. 14ALCSGame 4San Diego
 NLCSGame 3Arlington
    
Thursday, Oct. 15ALCSGame 5San Diego
 NLCSGame 4Arlington
    
Friday, Oct. 16ALCSGame 6San Diego
 NLCSGame 5Arlington
    
Saturday, Oct. 17ALCSGame 7San Diego
 NLCSGame 6Arlington
    
Sunday, Oct. 18NLCSGame 7Arlington

WORLD SERIES (BEST OF SEVEN)

DATEROUNDGAMESITE
Tuesday, Oct. 20World SeriesGame 1Arlington
Wednesday, Oct. 21World SeriesGame 2Arlington
Thursday, Oct. 22OFF DAY  
Friday, Oct. 23World SeriesGame 3Arlington
Saturday, Oct. 24World SeriesGame 4Arlington
Sunday, Oct. 25World SeriesGame 5Arlington
Monday, Oct. 26OFF DAY  
Tuesday, Oct. 27World SeriesGame 6Arlington
Wednesday, Oct. 28World SeriesGame 7Arlington

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Jeff Van Gundy, Ty Lue Emerge As Early Candidates For Clippers – RealGM.com

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Jeff Van Gundy and Ty Lue have emerged as the early favorites to become the next head coach of the Los Angeles Clippers.

The Clippers parted ways with Doc Rivers on Monday.

Lue is also a candidate for the Philadelphia 76ers, Houston Rockets and New Orleans Pelicans.

Van Gundy is a candidate for Rockets. 

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Two Canadian players are in the NBA Finals this year | Offside – Daily Hive

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And then there were two.

The NBA Finals matchup is now set, with LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers taking on LeBron’s old team, the Miami Heat. The Finals tips off on Wednesday, and will include a pair of Canadians.

Heat teammates Kelly Olynyk and Kyle Alexander are both looking to lift the Larry O’Brien Trophy for the first time. It’s the first time ever that the NBA Finals has featured two Canadians on the same team.

A 29-year-old Kamloops product, Olynyk went to the Eastern Conference Finals in 2017 with Boston, but this is his first trip to the NBA Finals. He has been a role player with the Heat during the playoffs, averaging 6.0 points and 4.1 rebounds in 12.1 minutes per game.

Milton, Ontario’s Kyle Alexander has not played in the playoffs yet and is unlikely to make an appearance as a depth player on the Heat’s roster. He’s in his first NBA season following four years at the University of Tennessee.

This is the 10th year in a row that a Canadian has been a part of a team in the Finals, with Olynyk and Alexander following in the footsteps of Chris Boucher (2019), Tristan Thompson (2015-2018), Cory Joseph (2013-2014), and Joel Anthony (2011-2014).

A total of six Canadian players have seen playing time during the NBA playoffs this year, most notably from Denver Nuggets star Jamal Murray. The Kitchener product leads the NBA playoffs in total points (504), averaging 26.5 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 6.6 assists per game en route to the Western Conference Finals.

Canadians featured prominently on the Oklahoma City Thunder, as rising star Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (Toronto) averaged 16.3 points per game during the first round, while teammate Luguentz Dort (Montreal) averaged 12.5 points.

Khem Birch (Montreal) also played regular minutes for the Orlando Magic, while Boucher (Montreal) was used sparingly by the Toronto Raptors.

NBA Finals schedule

  • Game 1: Wed, Sep 30, 9 pm ET/6 pm PT
  • Game 2: Fri, Oct 2, 9 pm ET/6 pm PT
  • Game 3: Sun, Oct 4, 7:30 pm ET/4:30 pm PT
  • Game 4: Tue, Oct 6, 9 pm ET/6 pm PT
  • Game 5*: Fri, Oct 9, 9 pm ET/6 pm PT
  • Game 6*: Sun, Oct 11, 7:30 pm ET/4:30 pm PT
  • Game 7*: Tue, Oct 13, 9 pm ET/6 pm PT

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