WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- The NBA will reopen season in July after most team owners voted to support the proposal from Commissioner Adam Silver.
- Following the agreement, the NBA’s player’s association is set to convene online and discuss the plan.
- NBA will be the most widespread sports league that will reopen following the COVID-19 pandemic.
The NBA announced on Thursday that the league’s Board of Governors has considered commissioner Adam Silver’s proposal in resuming the 2019-20 season, along with the planned schedules for this year’s draft.
Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN was the first to report the consensus.
Through a conference call, Silver laid out his plans, with 29 out of 30 team owners voted in favor of the proposal. According to Athletic’s Shams Charania, the only owner to oppose the program is from the Portland Trail Blazers.
Since March 11, the NBA has been on a break following the coronavirus diagnosis of Utah Jazz center, Rudy Gobert.
The resolution to finally return to the games is now on the hands of the National Basketball Players Association (NPBA), which is to have an online meeting over the proposal on Friday afternoon, as reported by Marc Stein of The New York Times.
It remained unclear whether NBPA will also take the matter into voting during the conference. Likewise, the NBA must also come into a formal deal with The Walt Disney Company as a host to the league.
In a statement, Silver said that the board’s support of the resumption setup is an essential step toward restarting the NBA.
Silver also recognizes the tough challenges COVID-19 outbreak presents, noting that the league is hoping to resume safely, responsibly, and following the procedures set with health authorities.
The commissioner also cited that there are recent catastrophes of racial injustice, and the league intends to work with all teams and players to address the matter adequately.
On July 31, the NBA hosts the 16 teams at present in a playoff spot, including the next top six teams as per records at Walt Disney World Resort for eight more season games.
With the setup, the playoffs would be finished up until October 12. The draft is scheduled on October 15, which leaves a 72-hour allowance for teams to do official work between a potential draft night and Game 7.
The yearly draft lottery is now slated for August 25, and it will feature the eight teams not included in Orlando with the six other teams that won’t make the playoffs. If that happens, they will be given odds based on season records up to March 11.
Should the proposal gets implemented, the 2020-21 regular season will now bet set to start around December 1.
If the league and its union close on with the agreement, the NBA will be the most well known professional sports league to recommence its games this summer. Other key sports organizations such as the National Hockey League (NHL), Major League Soccer (MLS), and The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) have earlier pronounced their plans to resume.