NBA 2020/21 season is going to start soon and here's what you need to know.
It has already been a month since the NBA 2019/20 season got over and it still feels like it happened yesterday. The Western Conference champions, Los Angeles Lakers went on to win the title for the 17th time in the team’s history. They defeated Miami Heat, the Eastern Conference champions in the 7-game playoffs. The Lakers won 4 out of the first 6 games to secure their 17th title. LeBron James, the Lakers star went on to become the MVP for his team as he won 179 points in the final playoffs. Anyhow, since the previous season finished a bit late than usual, here we are to talk about the NBA 2020/21 season. NBA 2020/21 season will soon be starting. So, let us dive further into the article to learn all we need to know about it.
When is NBA 2020/21 going to start?
On 5th November i.e. Thursday, the board of NBPA (National Basketball Players Association) voted to approve the plan for NBA 2020/21 to start on 22nd December, 2020. The plan includes a reduced schedule of 72 games. This will help in clearing the way for the union and the league to finalize the details. The NBPA representatives accepted the proposal for the pre-Christmas start as it will help to increase the potential revenue. The players will be playing on the holiday of Christmas which will give the league a boost in the number of viewers.
NBPA STATEMENT ON THE 2020-2021 NBA SEASON START DATE AND SCHEDULE
In fact, as per our sources, Michele Roberts, the NBPA executive director has talked to the league about certain things. The NBPA and NBA are planning to open the free agency immediately after the NBA Draft on 18th November. There is a period of only a month and a half before the league starts. So, the board wants the teams to accommodate the player movement easily. As a result, they are opening the free agency for a period of at least one month. The boards have also decided to allow the opening of training camps from 1st December.
Why is there such a short break between the 2019/20 and 2020/21 season?
The league has been planned for a 72-game schedule as it will result in the league ending before the start of the Summer Olympics in July. The players could either start in late December or late January. However, they chose December as this will help them in ending the league before the Summer Olympics because once the Summer Olympics begin, all the TV ad revenue will be diverted towards the Tokyo Games. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, for the first time in the history of NBA, NFL, MLB, and NHL, the break (71 days) between the end and the start of the new season will be the shortest. Anyhow, soon your favorite league will be returning back to entertain you. Until then, let us know in the comments section your favorites for the NBA 2020/21 season.