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Sports NBA is targeting start date of Dec. 22 for the 2020-21 season

00:35  24 october  2020
00:35  24 october  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

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Sources: NBA talks Dec . start to 2020 - 21 season . As ownership support grows for the idea, commissioner Adam Silver and the NBA board of governors continued discussions Friday about delaying the start of the 2020 - 21 season until December , sources told ESPN.

The person requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the discussions.

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While NBA commissioner Adam Silver had said that January was the more likely month to begin next season, he also kept open the idea that the league could start around Christmas.

“I've said previously that the earliest we would start at this point is Christmas,” Silver said before Game 1 of the Finals on Sept. 30. “That's been a traditional tent-pole date for the league, but it may come and go.”

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1 start to the 2020 - 21 season seems "a little bit early" to him now. Silver: NBA likely delaying Dec . 1 start to '20-21. So my sense is, in working with the players' association , if we could push back even a little longer and increase the likelihood of having fans in arenas, that 's what we would be targeting ."

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a sign above a keyboard: The 2020-21 NBA season looks like it will begin in December. © Jeremy Brevard, USA TODAY Sports The 2020-21 NBA season looks like it will begin in December.

Silver also said the league’s goal was to have fans in arenas.

“All our efforts now are directed at returning our teams to NBA cities and NBA arenas, with the next step of moving fans into arenas,” he told USA TODAY Sports last week. “We also have the benefit of additional learning from other leagues, namely baseball and NFL, that have been playing in front of fans at least in some markets. We continue to work with municipal authorities and the CDC on designing an acceptable protocol.”

But Silver also acknowledged the rising number of COVID-19 cases and said a majority of NBA teams were located in jurisdictions where fans are not allowed in indoor arenas. The league may have to begin the season without fans.

The league was in a bind last season and did what it had to so it could finish the 2019-20 season. It didn’t overreact to lower TV ratings, but Silver also paid attention.

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“The question is when do we get back on cycle,” he said. “And I think even though there's been discussions about us potentially on a regular basis post-COVID playing well into the summer, I think we're learning a little bit more about our television audience as we are experimenting, and part of it is fewer people are watching television in the summer, different competition, especially when you get into the fall with the NFL, college football and all that. So that's all into the mix, as well.”

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: NBA is targeting start date of Dec. 22 for the 2020-21 season

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