The NBA is looking to get back on the floor prior to Christmas Day this year.
Financial implications are at the heart of the NBA wanting to begin play prior to Christmas Day, specifically starting on December 22nd, 2020.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe of ESPN, NBA Commissioner on a conference call with the league’s general managers said that,
“Time is running out…”
on a potential start date of Dec. 22nd that would allow for a 72-game schedule that would conclude prior to the 2021 Olympics scheduled for July.
According to Wojnarowski, sources have told him that the NBA believes there is somewhere between $500 million and $1 billion in revenue losses next season and beyond by failing to start the season in December.
The NBPA, led by Executive Director Michele Roberts, has recently pushed back on a December date and prefers to start January 18th, 2021.
Silver’s urgency shows that the NBA and NBPA still have work to do to get on the same page in order to ensure the league does not suffer future crippling financial losses beyond just this season.
Will the NBA start before Christmas?
Only time and negotiations will tell.
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