The NBA will almost certainly begin the 20-21 season either on December 22nd or Martin Luther King Day on January 18th.
The NBA’s finance committee projects an additional $500 million in revenue during the season if they start before Christmas Day. The players are currently resisting the earlier start date though it would likely interfere with players who hope to participate in the 2021 Olympics.
“I think those are the two options,” Malcolm Brogdon said. “We’re either going to start MLK Day, which I think a lot of the players are leaning towards, or we’re going to start the 22nd, Christmastime. But the huge difference is revenue. Revenue, and trying to get the season back on track to start in that September-October range. So I think calculations are being done on both sides on how much revenue would be lost for each potential date, and we’ll have to come to some type of agreement and go from there.”