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Officially Official: NBPA Votes to Start 2020-21 NBA Season on December 22nd

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December basketball, baby!! On Thursday night, the NBPA approved the league’s proposal for a December 22nd start to the 2020-21 NBA season. The decision finally provides fans and teams alike with a clear offseason calendar – one that includes a free agency period that will begin shortly after the November 18th draft and a training camp that will start on December 1st.

Dec. 22nd Start of the 2020-21 NBA Season

We learned Wednesday that this would be the direction the league would go despite calls for a January 18th start from players. The monetary gain, which could net the league between $500 million and $1 billion, seems to be the motivating factor behind the approval. The fact that this will also put the league back on a familiar schedule before the 2021-22 season doesn’t hurt.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowksi and The Athletic’s Shams Charania, the next step for the NBA will be to finalize financial terms and safety protocols. The hope would be that the former is done well in advance of draft night.

Quick Turnaround

The league is about to enter an unprecedented offseason. While the logistics will remain the same, the speed at which they occur has never been seen before. Organizations will have to act very fast to get teams together and players prepared. As ESPN notes, 71 days between the end of the 2019-20 season and the start of the 2020-21 season will make for the shortest offseason in U.S. professional sports history.

At the end of the day, though, teams should be more than prepared for the quick turnaround. Those that didn’t attend the bubble (like Chicago) and those that exited early have had time to go about their semi-regular offseason relaxation and preparation. So, let the games begin.

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