Last 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. Today, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski offers one other necessary element on the NBA’s proposed timeline, tweeting that the league is eyeing October 12 because the final potential date for Game 7 of the 2020 Finals.
Wojnarowski notes in a follow-up tweet that the league remains to be working by particulars on its return-to-play plan with the NBPA. As such, it’s not clear whether or not that October 12 date is a part of the tentative proposal for now, or if it’s simply the most recent potential Game 7 date that has been mentioned, out of a handful of prospects.
The NBA intends to convey a proposal to its Board of Governors on Thursday for a vote, so the main points of the plan will probably have to be finalized quickly.
During the primary month or two following the suspension of the season, reviews instructed that the NBA most well-liked to not have the 2019/20 season run past Labor Day. The new timeline displays the league’s altering stance on that situation.
The NBA has seemingly change into extra prepared to start out the 2020/21 season a lot later than standard within the hopes that by the point opening evening arrives, followers will likely be allowed again in arenas. Given how a lot income is generated from ticket gross sales and in-arena purchases, the league probably received’t be in any rush to start subsequent season till states have lifted bans on massive gatherings, at the very least to some extent.
If the season runs into early October, 2020’s draft and free company interval probably 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.