NBA sets plans for Dec. 22 return

The NBA has approved plans to begin the 2020-21 season on Dec. 22. The start of the season was pushed back after this year's action was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The teams will play a 72-game schedule.



November 11, 2020 - 9:39 AM

Los Angeles Lakers' Anthony Davis celebrates the NBA Championship in Game 6 of the NBA Finals Oct. 11. Photo by Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times / TNS

It’s official: The NBA is coming back Dec. 22.

The NBA’s board of governors unanimously approved Tuesday the financial terms and other parameters that were negotiated between the league and its players. Those talks were completed late Monday night, when the league and National Basketball Players Association announced they are in agreement on a revised collective bargaining agreement for this coming season — setting the stage for a frenzied few weeks before games resume.

Teams will play a 72-game schedule, which will be revealed in the coming weeks. The league said a new system will be used to ensure that the split of basketball-related income continues, one of the biggest deals that had to be worked out with the union because the current agreement between the sides had a great deal of language that needed reworking because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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