MLB, Not NBA, Needs Seasonal Tournaments Like England’s FA Cup

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On Tuesday, the athletic reported the NBA is considering implementing an in-season tournament that will be separate from the regular season and postseason structure. American sports viewers may not be familiar with such a concept, but football fans know it well.

The most famous example is the England FA Cup, an annual knockout tournament featuring the best professional clubs in the country, making them some of the best teams in the world given the status of English football. It also includes semi-professional teams from non-leagues composed of players who must have second jobs to earn a living.

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