ESPN, TNT Have ‘Strongly Encouraged’ NBA To Return To Traditional Calendar

During a conference call with team presidents and general managers on Wednesday, Adam Silver revealed that the NBA’s television partners, ESPN and TNT, pushed the league for a return to its traditional October-June schedule for the 21-22 season.

The league hopes to finish the 20-21 season in June with July being the latest should they need to wait until January to start the season.

“We’re being strongly encouraged by our partners to work closely to a traditional season,” Silver told presidents and GMs on Wednesday, according to sources. “It’s almost disconcerting we’re deep into planning for next season so soon. But the sooner we can get back, the better.”

The league is projecting an extra $500 million in revenue during the 20-21 season if they begin the season on Dec. 22.

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