CBA will increase to 10 teams in the playoffs next season, only two teams can sign outside Asia in 2019

CBA will increase to 10 teams in the playoffs next season, only two teams can sign outside Asia in 2019
Beijing time today, CBA released the competition plan and major reforms for the next five years.A major reform is to increase the number of CBA postseason teams to 10 next season (2017-18) and 12 to 2018-19.At the same time, from the 2018-19 season, only the teams ranked in the bottom two of the previous season can sign Asian foreign aid, but if they enter the playoffs, the team can only use double foreign aid (including Asian foreign).  CBA announced that in the next five seasons, CBA will not expand, still 20 teams.But next season, the playoff teams will increase from 8 to 10.  With the increase in the playoff teams, there will be a corresponding change in the playoff schedule next season.The first stage will be a 10 into 8 game, 1-6 regular season bye, automatically enter the second stage.The regular season 7VS10, 8VS9 match elimination.The second stage is the quarter-finals, using 5 wins and 3 wins (1-2-1-1), the specific counterpoints are: regular season 1VS8 / 9, 4VS5, 2VS7 / 10, 3VS6.The third stage is the semi-finals, using 7 wins and 4 wins (2-3-2).The fourth stage is the finals, which is a 7-game 4-win system (2-2-1-1-1).  Starting from the 2018-19 season, the number of CBA playoff teams increased to 12.The playoff format is: 12 into 8 in the first stage (1-4 byes in the regular season, 5VS12, 6VS11, 7VS10, 8VS9 in the second regular season), 2 wins in 3 games (1-1-1).The second stage is the quarter-finals (regular season 1VS8 / 9, 4VS5 / 12, 2VS7 / 10, 3VS6 / 11), 5 wins and 3 wins.The third stage is the semi-finals, using 7 wins and 4 wins (2-3-2).The fourth stage is the finals, which is a 7-game 4-win system (2-2-1-1-1).  Regarding the CBA playoffs, although the first season of the CBA (1995-96 season) was also played by 12 teams (there were 12 teams at the time of the CBA), it was divided into top (1-4), medium (5-8)), next (9-12 places) three divisions.Among them, only the teams in the upper zone, which are ranked 1-4 in the regular season, are eligible to compete for the championship.In the playoffs in the lower zone, two relegation places will be contested.  From the second season of the CBA (the 1996-97 season), the playoffs were changed to the top 8 of the regular season to be able to compete, and it is a cross-out.But starting next season, this format will change for the first time.  At the same time, the CBA’s policy on Asian foreign aid has also been changed.Next season, teams ranked 17-20 last season can sign Asian foreign aid.However, from the 2018-19 season, only the teams ranked in the bottom two of the previous season can sign Asian foreign aid, but if they enter the playoffs, the team can only use double foreign aid (including Asian foreign).  In addition, the CBA schedule will also change.Although there will be 38 regular season games next season, there will be games from Tuesday to Sunday. Unlike the past, there were basically only Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.Next season, the CBA will start on October 21, 2017 and end on May 1, 2018.Starting from the 2018-19 season, the CBA regular season schedule will also increase.The 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons increased to 46 rounds, and the 2020-21 and 2021-22 seasons increased to 56 rounds.  It is worth mentioning that in the CBA’s five-year plan, there is no referee professionalism involved.