NBPA representatives approve December 22 start date for 20-21 season

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The National Basketball Players Association board of representatives has voted to approve a plan for the Dec. 22 start of the 20-21 NBA season and a 72-game schedule, which will allow the league and the union to finalize the details.The NBA and NBPA plan to discuss opening free agency as soon as possible after the November 18 NBA Draft to accommodate the movement of players.

The league and the players have yet to negotiate the financial terms of an amended collective agreement, with these discussions set to extend into next week.

The league estimates that a December 22 start that includes Christmas Day games on TV and allows for a 72-game schedule that ends before the Summer Olympics in mid-July is worth between $ 500 million and $ 1 billion in short and long term revenue for the league and players.

The NBA and NBPA should eventually agree to a multi-season escrow system so that players don’t suffer a substantial financial blow in one season.

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