NBA: Official-The 2020/21 season is due to open on 22 December

After days of discussion, the NBA Executive Board and the NBPA Players Association issued an official announcement on the opening date of the 2020/21 NBA season.

As announced by the NBA as well as the NBPA, the NBA 2020/21 season will start on 22 December. 

This season will only have 72 regular season matches instead of 82 in previous seasons

The reduction in the number of matches is intended to ensure that the 2020/21 season can end early in order to avoid coinciding with the Tokyo 2021 Olympic schedule, which will start at the end of July next year. Expected, the season will end around early July and will have enough time for the U.S. team to gather players to prepare for the Olympic Games in Japan.

Previously, there were some opinions against the opening of the 2020/21 season on 22 December, arguing that both the effects of the pandemic and the players need more time to rest before the start of the new season. However, leaving the tournament opening day until January 2021 (specifically January 20, 2021) and reducing the regular season to 60 games will have a significant impact on the teams. 

As a result, the basketball players association NBPA and the management of the tournament reached an agreement on the opening date of the tournament on 22 December, a few days before the Christmas and New Year holidays.

Opening the tournament right before the holidays will boost revenue as well as bring a large amount of money from television rights to the teams. However this will also have a lot of consequences. 

One of them is that early return to practice and play will cause players to overcrowd, resulting in injuries and physical damage during the next season. In addition, the time for teams to prepare for the pre-season period will be shortened. 

Player transfer activities and pre-season training camps will also be significantly affected. Not to mention that the movement of teams to cities that are still affected by the Covid-19 pandemic will pose potential hazards to athletes.