NBA is exploring a radical change of plans in the summer

    In five years as president of ESPN, John Skipper had countless conversations with NBA officials. On the lengthening of the playoffs. Learn about adding teams to the playoffs. Regarding re-seeding already in the second round. A discussion that Skipper never had substantially: radically change the NBA calendar.

    As COVID-19, the coronavirus, spreads across the United States, the NBA is preparing for the possibility of playing a summer program for the first time in the history of the league. There is sensational property support to find a way to end the season, NBA officials told, even if it means restarting the season in late June, even if it pushes the finals back to September. Some estimates indicate that the NBA has lost up to $ 1 billion in a lost season, an astounding number of team owners who desperately want to knock it out.

    A recovered NBA season would benefit owners and players, as well as the thousands of workers, vendors and in-arena venues that rely on it. It would also provide the league with valuable data on the feasibility of a summer program.

    Earlier this month, Steve Koonin, CEO of Atlanta Hawks, who appeared on a panel at the annual MIT Sloan Sports Analytics conference, offered a detailed proposal to radically change the NBA program. Koonin’s proposal, reported for the first time by ESPN, the start of the NBA season is expected to move from mid-October to mid-December, with the finals to be held in August and the free agency in September. The change, Koonin argued, would eliminate the first phase of the NBA season from competing with the NFL and college football, pushing its marquee schedule into the summer, where the sports calendar is significantly lighter.




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