NBA 2021 to tip off on Dec. 22; 72-games for regular season
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The NBA 2020-2021 season is set to tip off on December 22 after the NBA Players Association voted to approve the opening date.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski broke the news, mentioning that the league will have 72 regular season games for each team.
Additional details, meanwhile, shall be ironed out in the next few days.
ESPN story on NBPA vote to accept a December 22 start and reduced 72-game schedule for 2020-2021 NBA season: https://t.co/6trdpRe5la
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 6, 2020
That means the league will return to action just two months after the Los Angeles Lakers won the 2020 title in the bubble.
The 2020 NBA Draft is set for November 18, and as of now, the league is considering delaying free agency until the draft is over.
Having a Christmas week start for the next season gives the NBA a chance to finish before the Olympics in July next year, and the opportunity to earn $500 million up to $1 billion in both short and long-term revenue.