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.
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.
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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