NBA Hopes to Play Full 82-Game Season, Welcome Fans Back in 2021
Despite concerning case numbers across multiple states throughout America, the NBA is hopeful that they will be able to welcome fans back at some point next season.
Although the current plan is to start the 2020-21 campaign on December 1st, that date is not yet set in stone.
The league is said to be focusing on playing a full 82 game season with fans in attendance for as many games as possible. If that forces the league to push back its start date and compromise players’ ability to participate in the 2021 Olympic Games in Tokyo, then so it be it.
The Olympic Games were originally slated to take place this Summer but due to the ongoing global pandemic, it has been pushed back to next July.
The conversations are fluid and ongoing, but the NBA appears to not have many issues if they are to push back next season’s start date to Martin Luther King Day or even is late as the beginning of March. The NBA can also potentially taking a month long hiatus for the Olympics much like the NHL has done in the past for the Winter Olympics.
Of course, the goal remains to complete this season before shifting the focus to next year.