The NBA offseason could end on December 1 under a proposed 2020-21 schedule that would include starting the regular season on Christmas Day.
Members of the NBA Board of Governors are discussing the feasibility of a short free agency period following the Nov. 18 draft with training camps starting Dec. 1, according to multiple reports.
The proposal, in part, is a response to the league’s reported $1.5 billion financial shortfall caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, including loss of in-stadium revenue, the costs of staging the NBA restart near Orlando and diminished additional revenue streams.
According to the New York Times, the proposal being considered includes 72 regular-season games instead of the usual 82.
The NBA was on hiatus from March 11 until mid-July, when teams in playoff contention reported to Florida. The postseason ended Oct. 11 with the Los Angeles Lakers winning the Larry O’Brien championship trophy.
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