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NBA considers outdoor games

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NBA considers outdoor games

Sep 13
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After Major League Baseball’s success last month with its “Field of Dreams” game between the Chicago White Sox and the New York Yankees at a stadium located in the middle of a Dyersville, Iowa cornfield, the NBA is reportedly trying to replicate a similar event and is exploring the possibility of having outdoor games.

Evan Wasch, NBA executive vice president of basketball strategy and analytics, addressed this idea on “The Crossover” podcast.

“The biggest concern is the basketball one you highlight, that whether it’s blacktop and injury concerns or a wooden court outside with humidity concerns and moisture that can get on the court, being beholden to rain, all of those things become a consideration,” Wasch said. “We’ve explored it, and we’ll continue to talk about it.”

Wasch also noted that compared to baseball, there is more to consider when it comes to holding an outdoor basketball event.

“Obviously, the ‘Field of Dreams’ game was incredibly successful,” he said. “So, no surprise it has sparked some discussions, and it’s worth exploring. But the logistical challenges of a basketball game outside are just significantly more than a baseball game, which, of course, is already outside.”

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