Adam Silver, the commissioner of the N.B.A., has been floating trial balloons.
During the past week, he has said that the league is “fairly intensely” studying the addition of a midseason or playoff play-in tournament and that it is considering moving up start times for some West Coast games.
Silver has the luxury of embracing mostly manageable challenges. The N.F.L. commissioner, Roger Goodell, is besieged at all times by questions about concussions, player rebellions, domestic violence and refereeing debacles. News conferences by the M.L.B. commissioner, Rob Manfred, double as referendums on whether baseball’s economic model is broken and if young fans have abandoned the sport.
Without such weighty troubles, Silver can afford to have thoughts both big and small about the dominant conundrum for anyone who is in the entertainment business in 2019.
“The biggest challenge is also the greatest opportunity, in that people have more choices for entertainment than ever before,” he said in an interview Wednesday, a day before the start of the N.B.A. finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Toronto Raptors.
At the moment, there is no shortage of people choosing the N.B.A.
The league had its second highest attendance ever this season, with most arenas nearing capacity, as measured by tickets sold and distributed. National television ratings were down about 5 percent, a fall that followed last year’s four-season high and may have something to do with LeBron James’s being hurt and playing for a terrible team. Silver said he wasn’t particularly worried, given that there are six years remaining on the league’s billion television agreement. The league is aggressively expanding internationally and beginning to gain real revenue overseas, especially in China.
“The sound you hear is me knocking on my wooden table,” Silver said. “It is our job to look around corners, but I think everything is going spectacularly right now.”
Everything is perfect, it seems, if you’re still awake to see it.
The league’s two biggest draws, James and the Warriors, play most of their games when half of the country is already asleep.
“We don’t run from it,” said Silver. “LeBron, to have been in the finals eight consecutive years, and have him play in the East, it’s just math. Fifty percent of the country’s television market is on the East Coast.”
The absence of James from the playoffs has been felt, with viewership down 15 percent compared with last year, according to Nielsen. Ratings have also been hurt by Toronto’s deep run — Canadian viewership isn’t tracked by Nielsen — and by the Warriors’ sweep of Portland in the Western Conference finals.
Indeed, this season may have provided a hint at what a post-LeBron N.B.A. will look like. While James is just 34, he has already played the most postseason minutes ever and the 17th highest number of regular-season minutes. A recurring groin injury limited him to 55 games this season, the shortest one of his career. Also Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson can be free agents after the season, so the Golden State dynasty might not continue either.
Silver ran the league’s television operations in 1998, when Michael Jordan retired for the second time.
“When we would go through the schedule with our broadcasters and they would pick teams to play each other, it was the Bulls vs. the Bulls,” he joked. “It is very different now.”
Though the league transitioned to stars like Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Bryant and Allen Iverson when Jordan retired, it took a decade for the generation of James, Dwyane Wade and Stephen Curry to rejuvenate basketball. But these playoffs have already featured star turns from Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kawhi Leonard, James Harden and Joel Embiid. Players like Luka Doncic and Zion Williamson are waiting in the wings.
Silver rattled off the names of so many stars that for a moment he forgot about Durant and Curry, who play for the team that will begin its fifth straight N.B.A. finals on Thursday.
Russ Granik, the N.B.A.’s deputy commissioner until 2006 and now the vice chairman of Galatioto Sports Partners, said that the N.B.A. had expected a drop-off after Jordan retired, but that executives believed “over time, before too long there would be some other people to step in and carry the load.”
Even then, a singular player defining the league was nothing new. “People were concerned when Julius Erving was retiring, too,” Granik said, referring to the Philadelphia 76ers star of the 1970s and ’80s.
The N.B.A. spent the season lurching from one drama-filled story line to another, but none was any more than a soap opera. The season opened with Jimmy Butler’s demand to get out of Minnesota, reached its peak with the very public trade request from Anthony Davis’s agent and ended with Magic Johnson’s shocking resignation and the continuing meltdown in Los Angeles
Even as the Raptors were polishing off the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference finals, Durant and C.J. McCollum’s social media beefs with Fox Sports television personalities were almost as prominent.
And yet, Silver said there was no data suggesting that off-the-court chatter overshadowed the on-the-court play. Live games drive television distribution, he said, and highlights drive more social media traffic than chatter.
But near the end of the season, off-the-court concerns of a much more serious nature emerged. Kristaps Porzingis, the former Knicks star, was accused of sexual assault, as was Luke Walton, the newly hired coach of the Sacramento Kings. Both men have denied the accusations, and league investigations are continuing.
Silver obsessively studies every new technology to see if the league can benefit from it. Sports betting, fantasy sports, augmented reality and virtual reality are all things that could expand the N.B.A.’s fan base, especially internationally — among people who will never attend a game.
Domestically, the commissioner wants young people — who often don’t subscribe to pay television and have nearly infinite entertainment options — to continue becoming fans. The N.B.A. has the youngest average fan base of any major American sport and wants it to stay that way. Two seasons ago the league reduced television timeouts to make games flow more smoothly, and it will most likely keep tweaking broadcasts, knowing that competition is as close as every fan’s mobile phone.
“Every time we go to commercial break, we lose 6 percent of the audience that we have to gain back,” Silver said. “When we go to halftime, we lose 12 percent. When you have unlimited options using the tablet or remote, that is what human behavior is going to be.”B:
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【虽】【然】【楚】【珂】【的】【心】【里】【一】【样】【着】【急】，【但】【他】【终】【究】【是】【放】【心】【不】【下】【妹】【妹】【凌】【玉】【彤】【等】【人】。 【和】【温】【灵】【子】【商】【量】【几】【番】【之】【后】，【温】【灵】【子】【同】【意】【在】【去】【天】【龙】【门】【的】【途】【中】，【去】【平】【阳】【岛】【看】【一】【眼】。 “【掌】【门】，【这】【就】【要】【走】【了】【吗】？”【思】【天】【涯】【问】【道】，“【掌】【门】【才】【住】【几】【天】，【这】【么】【快】【就】【要】【离】【开】【吗】？” “【是】【啊】。”【楚】【珂】【叹】【了】【口】【气】，“【我】【本】【来】【也】【想】【多】【待】【些】【日】【子】【的】，【只】【是】【天】【龙】【门】【我】【却】【非】
【发】【生】【的】【一】【切】【都】【被】【加】【百】【列】【看】【在】【眼】【里】，【作】【为】【这】【儿】【的】【监】【狱】【长】，【作】【为】【执】【掌】【这】【儿】【大】【权】【的】【存】【在】，【他】【忽】【然】【意】【识】【到】【葛】【震】【还】【真】【的】【挺】【厉】【害】。 【虽】【然】【泰】【戈】【尔】【不】【是】【这】【里】【最】【厉】【害】【的】【犯】【人】，【但】【绝】【对】【不】【弱】，【葛】【震】【能】【在】【十】【分】【钟】【之】【内】【把】【对】【方】【打】【晕】，【已】【经】【相】【当】【不】【错】【了】。 “【普】【洛】【斯】，【你】【觉】【得】【我】【跟】【兵】【者】【葛】【震】【单】【挑】【谁】【会】【赢】？”【加】【百】【列】【问】【道】。 【普】【洛】【斯】【站】【在】【那】【里】【想】
“50【三】【品】【元】【石】，【你】【怎】【么】【不】【去】……【我】【接】【受】！” 【五】【十】【三】【品】【元】【石】【可】【不】【是】【一】【个】【小】【数】【目】，【白】【陀】【象】【心】【脏】【猛】【地】【一】【阵】【抽】【搐】。【不】【过】【紧】【接】【着】【他】【就】【反】【应】【过】【来】，【急】【忙】【将】“【抢】”【字】【咽】【回】【了】【肚】【子】【里】。【虽】【然】【心】【脏】【好】【似】【被】【人】【扎】【了】【一】【刀】，【正】【在】【疯】【狂】【滴】【血】，【但】【是】【相】【比】【能】【够】【快】【速】【突】【破】【一】【个】【小】【境】【界】，【这】【点】【元】【石】【花】【出】【去】【还】【是】【值】【得】【的】。【再】【者】，【如】【今】【他】【好】【似】【也】【不】【缺】【这】【点】平码六肖“【大】【叶】【儿】，【太】【好】【了】，【还】【好】【你】【这】【段】【时】【间】【的】【辛】【苦】【没】【有】【白】【费】，【苏】【桥】【总】【算】【是】【醒】【来】【了】。” 【苏】【晓】【彤】【充】【满】【喜】【悦】【的】【声】【音】【过】【来】【手】【机】【传】【到】【叶】【筝】【的】【耳】【边】，【叶】【筝】【嘴】【角】【微】【微】【上】【扬】【轻】【应】【了】【一】【声】，【因】【为】【苏】【桥】【的】【醒】【来】，【她】【浑】【身】【上】【下】【都】【带】【满】【了】【精】【气】【神】【儿】，【对】【苏】【晓】【彤】【感】【情】【的】【事】【儿】【也】【有】【了】【精】【神】【询】【问】，“【你】【和】……” “【我】【挺】【好】【的】，【你】【别】【担】【心】。”【苏】【晓】【彤】【说】【完】，
**【文】【也】【出】【口】【挽】【留】。 【不】【过】，【罗】【惜】【君】【很】【坚】【持】，【一】【定】【要】【回】【去】，【她】【出】【来】【三】【天】，【住】【在】【这】【里】【很】【不】【习】【惯】，【只】【想】【回】【去】【睡】【个】【舒】【服】【觉】。 【叶】【静】【兰】【和】**【文】【都】【没】【有】【办】【法】，【只】【能】【雇】【了】【一】【辆】【马】【车】，【送】【她】【还】【有】【稳】【婆】【一】【道】【离】【开】。 - “【惜】【君】【你】【回】【来】【啦】！【是】【不】【是】【小】【姑】【生】【了】？”【叶】【青】【雨】【看】【见】【她】，【又】【惊】【又】【喜】【地】【问】【道】。 “【嗯】，【昨】【夜】【开】【始】【生】【的】，【早】
【楚】【彦】【承】【的】【拳】【头】【握】【的】【更】【紧】【了】【些】，【楚】【彦】【华】【让】【王】【振】【对】【他】【对】【手】【的】【情】【景】【再】【一】【次】【的】【涌】【上】【了】【眼】【前】。 【他】【的】【身】【子】【开】【始】【不】【受】【控】【制】【的】【颤】【抖】【起】【来】。 【她】【怎】【么】【能】？ 【感】【觉】【到】【楚】【彦】【承】【的】【伤】【心】【与】【愤】【怒】【后】，【成】【兰】【亭】【更】【担】【心】【了】：“【彦】【承】【已】【经】【过】【去】【了】，【不】【要】【再】【想】【了】。” “【滚】！”【楚】【彦】【承】【用】【力】【的】【甩】【开】【成】【兰】【亭】【的】【手】，【缩】【到】【一】【旁】【的】【床】【角】【坐】【着】，【像】【只】【受】【伤】【的】【动】