NBA is Back

Asa Rafferty, Writer

The start of the 2020-21 NBA season is right around the corner.

BA players on Thursday voted to approve the league’s plan to start the season on Dec. 22 and take advantage of playing games on Christmas Day and increase potential revenue. Teams will play a 72-game schedule, and the season will finish before the start of the scheduled Tokyo Olympics in the summer. Training camps are expected to open in early December.Owners and players still have several issues to resolve, including salary cap and luxury tax amounts and the start of free agency. The National Basketball Players Association confirmed the vote in a statement later Thursday night and said “additional details remain to be negotiated and the NBPA is confident that the parties will reach agreement on these remaining issues relevant to the upcoming season. “The 71-day turnaround between the end of last season and the start of next season amounts to the fewest days between the finish of one season and beginning of the next in NBA, NFL, NHL and MLB history, according to Elias Sports Bureau.But eight teams haven’t played since March, when the league suspended its season when Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19, six teams haven’t played since mid-August and another eight teams haven’t played since late August September.