This seems like it can only be a good thing. (The regular season will start a week earlier this year, as negotiated into the new CBA, making room for changes like these.) Ideally, all these particularly grueling stretches would be eliminated altogether, not just for TV but to maintain players’ health over the season and keep everyone in best form for the playoffs. But the only way to make that happen would be to shorten the season, and I’d be all for that—58 games would be plenty, and February through April is a pretty joyless slog as things are. But it won’t happen. The owners don’t want it (money), and the players don’t want it (also money). So we’ll all have to be satisfied with these baby steps.