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The NBA has announced that it will provide eight weeks notice before it plans to start the 2020-21 season.
If they are currently hoping for it to start on January 18th, Martin Luther King Day, that would mean that they have to commit to this date on November 23rd 2020.
The goal for the 2020_21 season of NBA is to maximise the number of potential games played safely before a paying audience in arenas.
The 2019-20 season was officially closed after the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Miami Heat earlier this week to win their 17th title in franchise history.
With the bubble experiment now over, the league can breathe a sigh of relief that they were able to successfully pull off such a logistical feat and crown a champion team without a single positive Covid-19 case.
After nailing down the start date, the league will then move on to the more challenging part of actually designing the schedule.
The league is looking at the possibility of playing multi-game series, similar to baseball, to cut down on travel, and hasten the process.
All set and done, the league still has a lot of work to do. It doesn’t seem like a rough outline is in place. The 2020 NBA Draft is set for Nov. 18 with free agency to follow in the next few weeks.
An 82-game regular-season schedule usually takes 177 days to complete compared to the 170 two years ago. The league can have each team play about four games in a week and finish the regular season in approximately 155 days. The NBA wants to pull this off while reducing travel time as well as potential Covid-19 exposure.