The sudden change of the Football Association after the negotiations helped speed up the approval process for the NBA’s new season.
Just a few days after speaking out, the NBA Players Association (NBPA) changed its attitude and agreed with the idea of opening the season on December 22. The new season will feature 72 matches and end in July before the Tokyo Olympics kicks off. After the new NBA season being postponed for a long time, it finally kicks off.
One of the reasons the NBPA changed its mind was the meeting between the top players with CEO Michele Roberts. Previously, the players said that 2 months of rest between the two seasons was not enough to restore fitness. However, Roberts convinced the players to vote yes.
The Christmas series will be a boost in ratings for the NBA
With the current schedule, the NBA will still have games for Christmas, and a 72-game season could end in the summer. This plan could bring 500 million – 1 billion USD in revenue for the tournament as well as the players.
Initially, the athletes wanted to push the start of the season to the end of January, early February 2021. However, that would cause the end of the season to coincide with the Olympics and the NFL, leading to television ratings as well as revenue decline.
Meanwhile, no one wants to cut the season short to 50-60 games because the television rights will decrease, directly affecting the players’ pocket money.
Currently, NBPA and the NBA Organizing Committee are promoting negotiations on when to open the free transfer market. The players want to push this deadline as close to the NBA Draft as possible, because the teams will focus on December 1.
Many financial questions are still waiting to be resolved
Also, the players and the organizers are negotiating financial issues. It is expected that the negotiations will last until the end of next week. Once the two sides agree, the NBA will open up the transfer market, allowing teams to trade.
The biggest obstacle right now is the wage trust ratio. The bosses want to withhold 25% of the players’ wages this season like the end of last season to relieve the financial pressure, while the players only accept the maximum number of 18%.