Silver sees healthy NBA, expects shorter preseason

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NEW YORK (AP) — NBA Commissioner Adam Silver is optimistic about the league’s health and relationship with its players, offering hope that the league can avoid another lockout in 2017.

Silver also says he expects the league will reduce the number of preseason games, though doesn’t know how many would be played. The schedule currently allows for a maximum of eight per team.

Owners wrapped up two days of their annual preseason meetings before Silver held a press conference Friday. They are expecting an enormous influx of revenues next year with the beginning of the new national TV deals, valued at about $2.6 billion.

Either side could opt out of the collective bargaining agreement in 2017, six years after it was approved following a work stoppage. But Silver says he is optimistic “just because I think things are going so well for the teams and the players.”