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NBA agrees to 72-game schedule, Dec. 22 start date

(USA Today)

(USA Today)

The NBA offseason will last just over ten weeks, with the 2020-21 season set to begin before Christmas.

Despite the Los Angeles Lakers winning the title back on Oct. 11, the NBPA board of representatives voted Thursday evening to approve a plan for a Dec. 22 start to the season, just 72 days after the final game of the 2019-20 season.

The approved plan also includes a reduced 72-game schedule, down ten from the typical 82-game regular season slate.

“The league believes that a Dec. 22 start that includes Christmas Day games on television and allows for a 72-game schedule that finishes before the Summer Olympics in July is worth between $500 million and $1 billion in short- and long-term revenues to the league and the players,” ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported.

With the updated plan, here is the latest NBA schedule:

  • Nov. 18 – NBA Draft
  • Nov. 20/Nov. 21 – Start of Free Agency (unofficial)
  • Dec. 1 – Start of Training Camps
  • Dec. 22 – NBA Season Opener 72-game season

Keep in mind, the college basketball season also begins on Nov. 25, meaning we will have basketball on our televisions later this month through next summer.

Things are about to get hectic in the world of sports.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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2 Comments for NBA agrees to 72-game schedule, Dec. 22 start date



  1. original slappy
    2:40 pm November 6, 2020 Permalink

    Are they going to be in the bubble?



  2. Lip Man 1
    5:59 pm November 6, 2020 Permalink

    Slappy: I don’t think so, which means the virus is going to have a field day.