Final week, we heard that the NBA was tentatively circling July 31 on its calendar as a goal date for the resumption of the 2019-20 season. As we speak, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski gives one other vital element on the NBA’s proposed timeline, tweeting that the league is eyeing Oct. 12 because the final attainable date for Sport 7 of the 2020 NBA Finals.
Wojnarowski notes in a follow-up tweet that the league remains to be working by means of particulars on its return-to-play plan with the NBPA. As such, it’s not clear whether or not that Oct. 12 date is a part of the tentative proposal for now or if it’s simply the most recent attainable Sport 7 date that has been mentioned out of a handful of potentialities.
The NBA intends to deliver a proposal to its Board of Governors on Thursday for a vote, so the main points of the plan will doubtless have to be finalized quickly.
Through the first month or two following the suspension of the season, stories recommended that the NBA most well-liked to not have the 2019-20 season run past Labor Day. The brand new timeline displays the league’s altering stance on that subject.
The NBA has seemingly turn into extra prepared to start out the 2020-21 season a lot later than normal within the hopes that by the point opening night time arrives, followers will probably be allowed again in arenas. Given how a lot income is generated from ticket gross sales and in-arena purchases, the league doubtless gained’t be in any rush to start subsequent season till states have lifted bans on giant gatherings, a minimum of to some extent.
If the season runs into early October, 2020’s draft and free company interval doubtless wouldn’t happen till mid- to late October on the earliest. It additionally appears unlikely that the ’20-21 marketing campaign will tip off earlier than Christmas.