The NBA may offer the NBPA a 50-game season if the players maintain their position of wanting the season to start on Martin Luther King Day on January 18th. The league is pushing for a 72-game season beginning on Christmas Day.
Because compensation for players adheres to a regular season schedule, a 50-game season would mean a significant reduction in revenues.
The NBA’s 72-game model beginning on December 22nd calls for approximately 14 games per month through May, followed by the playoffs through mid-July prior to the start of the Olympics on July 23rd.
The NBA’s television partners do not want the 20-21 season to extend past mid-July.
A resolution is expected by next week given the condensed timetable that will be required with either start date.