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NEW YORK (AP) – If you like a shorter NBA season, don’t get used to it.

Though the league says ratings are up and attendance will be about the same as last season, Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver doesn’t think there’s a future for a 66-game schedule.

Silver says a shorter season would result in a reduction of revenues for the league and lower salaries for players, so it’s not something either side would want.

The usual 82-game schedule wasn’t possible after owners and players couldn’t reach a deal on a new collective bargaining agreement in time. The compressed schedule has resulted in exciting playoff races in both conferences with a week left in what Commissioner David Stern calls a “barnburner of a season” Thursday during a meeting with Associated Press Sports Editors.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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