The National Basketball Association (NBA) is ready to become the first one among all the major American Sports Leagues to restart games. It is possible now that the NBA’s Board of Governors has approved the 22-team format. That is how they are going to resume with the new season. It will start after mid-July at Florida’s famous Disney Campus that is close to Orlando. According to reports from the ESPN, there was a vote of the majority, and the 22-team format won by 29-1. Everyone except the Portland Trail Blazers agreed to the idea of 22-team for the upcoming season. According to a source, the new format of the game calls for eight games by every team to determine the ultimate play-off. There could also be another play-in-tournament to determine the final spot in both the Western and Eastern Conference postseason fields.
The decision of resuming games is the first step towards the initiative to resume the season after a pause of almost three months. Apart from the format, there are several other details for the continuation of the league. These include finalizing all the specifications for testing the teams. The players will arrive next month and lodge at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. There are also financial ramifications required in games of the regular shortened season. Commissioner Adam Silver sounded quite positive in a recent interview. He said that despite all the challenges regarding the global pandemic, they are quite hopeful. Everyone is expecting that the season will get over safely and in an organized manner. Everything will be according to strict protocols stated by experts and health officials.
NBA 2020 season is all set to begin
In the interview with Adam Silver, he made mention of the fact that they express their heartfelt solidarity towards the recent tragedies that took place. He promised that the board will adopt concrete and real ways to keep any kind of injustice and violence away from the team. He added that every player is important and any kind of discrimination is prohibited under the NBA rules and regulations. According to another source, there is more information about the NBA’s lengthy medical procedures. He says that the officials are making sure that no stone remains unturned regarding the safety of the players and associates.
All details and documents will be shared with teams once the process is over. The Board of Governors feels that every team should receive the documents and briefings well in advance. It will, therefore, help them to prepare better for the upcoming competition. According to the discussion about finances, if each of the 22 teams plays eight games before the postseason, it will be a total of 1059 games. Therefore almost 171 regular games of the season may get canceled. As a result, the players could collectively suffer a payment loss of more than $600 Million. Further, the teams are decided to start practicing for the upcoming season from June 2020.