2020-21 NBA Season Will Be 72 Games; Start Date Approved



The 2020-21 NBA regular season officially has a start date.

On Friday, November 6, the NBA Players Association announced that it has approved the start of a 72-game schedule that will be tipping off around the holiday.

Training camp is expected to open on December 1, with the first day of the season scheduled for December 22.

“The Board of Player Representative of the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) has tentatively approved a start date of December 22, 2020 for the 2020-2021 NBA season and a 72-game schedule,” a statement from the NBA Players Association read.

The season is expected to end in July before the start of the 2021 Summer Olympics.

The Athletic’s Shams Charania added further details.

“The NBA and NBPA will now work to finalize health and safety protocols for the 2020-21 season. Sides are discussing a 17-to-18 percent escrow of player salaries over the next two years — with the hope the withholding amount is down to normal 10 percent in 2022-23,” Charania wrote.

“Sources The NBA and NBPA are discussing a minimum of 2 percent annual growth in the salary cap and luxury tax for the duration of the collective bargaining agreement. Cap is expected to be $109M this offseason.”

Let’s all be happy that the NBA is trying to bring some sense of normalcy back into our lives. A full schedule release can be expected in the coming weeks.

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