Does it make sense to try to/and rekindle the 2019-2020 NBA season? Is it worth jeopardizing the health of the players for money? I mean let’s be honest this is really why the league was so adamant about getting this deal done, the fans hardly played a role in the decision, not saying they weren’t a factor of course financially, just not the overall deciding factor.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver stated on TNT’S Inside the NBA that he/the league/owners did not want to compromise anyone’s safety. Really? In addition to risk of exposure to the virus, the push could lead to exhaustion and injuries down the road. For starters, the remainder of the 2019-20 season is set to start/begin on July 30, 2020 with an estimate end date of October 12, 2020. Next you have the NBA draft scheduled to be held on October 15, 2020, and talks of a condensed 2020-21 NBA regular season starting on December 1, 2020. Last but not least you have the 2020 Summer Olympics rescheduled to begin on July 23, 2021 which would run right into the 2020-21 NBA finals. Whew.
WHY THE RUSH
what would be the drawback of squashing the 2019-20 season and just starting fresh/anew for the 2020-21 season? Money. NBPA executive director Michele Roberts said “the revenue consequences are significant”, “if we can’t play games or we can’t have our playoffs, we’re going to have an economic hit.” I’m at a total loss here, the NBA is one of the most lucrative sports organizations, it’s hard to believe the “tens of millions of dollars” Roberts estimates the league would lose would hardly make a dent in the overall scheme of things at the end of the day.
In fact saving the 2019-20 NBA season is probably more important for the players. If the NBA declared the season a wash the “force majeure” would have been enforced affecting the players financially both now and in the foreseeable future. It’s already not clear whether those teams who were not in playoff contention will get paid for games they would have played out ending the regular season. The continuation of the season will have 88 regular season games, the total amount of games canceled due to the pandemic. It would be up to the CBA to determine how each players salary would be cut by using the force majeure.
I am just as eager as the next sports junky for the season to comeback, hell any sport during this downtime I watched a goat racing tournament just for some competitive excitement. In my opinion, it feels forced, rushed simply for financial gain at the expense of the players health be damned.