The NBA has agreed to allow players and coaches to watch each other’s games from Los Angeles and New York at the same time, a move that could result in a new era of basketball-only play.
League officials said Wednesday the move could open up the game to a larger group of fans, but the league has yet to make a decision on how it will handle the NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans next year.
The NBA, which has played since the early 1980s, has been playing games with the NBA Network, but that plan has been suspended.
The players’ association said it was “disappointed” that the NBA had not offered an agreement.
The league said the players and their representatives will meet with league officials to determine how best to proceed, and the players-coach trade is one of a handful of possible moves to be made.NBA commissioner Adam Silver has said the league hopes to have its games in New York City and Los Angles by the end of the year.
The NBA has played in New Jersey since 1996, and last year it moved the All-Stars’ game from Charlotte to New York, but has yet.
It had a game last season in Orlando, which was also moved from Charlotte, to the Bay Area.
In February, the league announced it would no longer allow players to watch other players’ games at home.
The move prompted an outcry from players and fans.
Players from the league’s Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Clippers, Dallas Mavericks, New Orleans Pelicans and Chicago Bulls will now be allowed to watch games from home.