NBPA Views December 1 Start Date For 2020/21 As “Unlikely”

The National Basketball Players Association announced today that it has approved further negotiations with the NBA on its resumption plan and various changes to the league’s calendar. However, the NBPA also told its players that it considers a December 1 start date for the 2020/21 regular season “unlikely,” reports Shams Charania of The Athletic.

As we noted in our earlier story, the players’ union and the league still need to work out a number of details, with many aspects of the Collective Bargaining Agreement expected to be revisited and renegotiated.

NBPA executive director Michele Roberts has informed members that next season’s start date and “a myriad of items” will be part of the union’s negotiations with the NBA in the coming weeks, sources tell ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski (Twitter link).

A November 10 training camp date and December 1 regular season tip-off date were among the most surprising details put forth by the NBA on Thursday. There’s a belief that the league hopes to start the 2020/21 season that early in part because it would allow next year’s Finals to wrap up before the Tokyo Olympics begin on July 23, 2021.

However, since this year’s NBA Finals could run as late as October 12, some players could have less than a month off if such an aggressive timeline is approved. As such, those proposed 2020/21 dates were considered tentative and subject to change even before Charania’s report this afternoon.

Details related to the league’s health and safety protocols for this summer’s restart will also need to be negotiated and finalized. A number of financial issues – including how much players are ultimately paid for 2019/20 and what the salary cap for ’20/21 will look like – will need to be addressed and resolved as well.

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16 thoughts on “NBPA Views December 1 Start Date For 2020/21 As “Unlikely”

  1. Boston2AZ

    Christmas day is always the biggest day for the NBA. Why wouldn’t they just start the season that day?

    • SheltonMatthews

      Seems like they want to have the option of the Olympics too. If the players say they don’t want to participate, or there are other reasons they shouldn’t, than I assume there won’t be too many problems moving the date back.

  2. Sillivan

    It’s about money not date

    Players are unlikely to play next season if salary cap is 95 million or Less

    The salary cap
    The lower the better for owners
    The higher the better for players

    • SheltonMatthews

      Since the cap is based on total league revenues, it really doesn’t benefit either side to have a lower cap. It just means the league took in much less money than expected on the whole. That doesn’t help either side in this case.

      • Sillivan

        The higher cap。owners lose more money

        Let’s say cap at 115 million
        Team average payroll at 130 million
        GM ,coaches, non staff at 20 million
        Benefits at 20 million
        Operating expenses at 30 million

        Totally projected revenues 160 milion
        Total projected expense at 200 million

        NBA owners lose the money

        Some owners have loan interest too

        • x%sure

          The cap is set to a percentage of revenue. None of that figuring matters. The players will play regardless; they have a union; the percentage is negotiated.

          • Sillivan

            You got to be kidding me. Only one thing is not working during Pandemic, that is percentage of revenue.

            Projected 40% revenues loss
            Salary cap = current cap 115 million x (1-40%) = 69 million

            • Curtis Smith

              That’s not how the cap is gonna work. They have already said the cap won’t drop below where it was last year. Your saying the cap is gonna be 69 million dollars because cause of a 40% dip in revenue the league can’t function like that. His are these teams gonna field a roster when you have players like cp3 and curry set to make 40 plus million dollars alone

  3. richard dangler

    No one wants to watch basketball in the summer. Summer is for baseball. The nba is going to make a massive mistake doing this. And before the dumb people start commenting, Basketball is far and away my favorite sport.

    • The Human Rain Delay

      Basketball playoffs in the summer will steamroll baseball-

      Baseball is dying on its own sword right now

      Baseball is my fav sport!

  4. El Don

    Forget the Olympics, realistically no one cares about them! But anyway 4 weeks of off-season or more is anyway too much, no need to complain there, they will had an additional 4 months now, so that is too much time off, they have to play more hoops not less!

  5. Meadowlark

    Opportunity is present to slightly reduce total games which is something the NBA has been considering for awhile. Three conferences of 10 teams; in conference, 2 X 2: out of conference, 1 X 1. 76 games and a balanced schedule. December 15 start, seeded playoff format with conference champions receiving a first round bye. Football dominates folks’ attention in the autumn and interest in baseball pennant races ramps up after the all-star game. This pandemic has shaken the whole scene (DH rule probably permanent going forward). Opportunity to makes changes that folks will be more likely to embrace.

  6. The Human Rain Delay

    Start Dec 25-

    70 Game season instead of 82 for next year as a test run and to save that extra 3 weeks needed to end before Olympics

      • The Human Rain Delay

        I personally wouldnt, but if thats a concern then it would be a good time/excuse for them to cut down the season to 70 to get a gauge while also allowing 2022 to have optimal spacing-

        I think the Finals teams are going to need more time to rest than 1.5 months- The extra 3 weeks from Dec 1-25 would help greatly here

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