2020/21 NBA Season To Commence On December 22

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLORIDA - OCTOBER 11: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrates with Quinn Cook #28 of the Los Angeles Lakers and teammates after winning the 2020 NBA Championship in Game Six of the 2020 NBA Finals at AdventHealth Arena at the ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on October 11, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images)

Basketball fans, you are now just 47 days away from your next fix of hoops action.

The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) confirmed that the organization had “tentatively approved a start date of December 22” for the upcoming 2020/21 season.

The NBPA also confirmed it had agreed to a reduced length 72-game regular season.

Denver Nuggets’ Jamal Murray (27) scores past Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James (23) during the first half of an NBA conference final playoff basketball game Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) ORG XMIT: NBA145

The announcement has been an open secret for a while having been originally reported by the Athletic on October 22.

Nonetheless, the season will arrive earlier than many anticipated.

The final game of the 2020 NBA Finals came on October 11 from within a bio-secure bubble at Walt Disney World in Orlando, after a four-month mid-season delay due to COVID-19.

Los Angeles Lakers vs Miami Heat in Game 1 of the 2020 NBA Finals (image via Twitter/Miami Heat)

In September, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver told Bob Costas for CNN that his “best guess” was that the 2020/21 season would begin in January 2021 at the earliest.

NBA sources explained to ESPN the reasons behind the December 22 start lie in the perceived financial benefits to the league and its players.

“The league believes that a Dec 22 start that includes Christmas Day games on television and allows for a 72-game schedule that finishes before the Summer Olympics in mid-July is worth between $500 million and $1 billion in short- and long-term revenues to the league and players.”

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source: CNN

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