NBA 2020 Calendar: From NBA Draft to NBA first match; All the important dates, Check details

NBA 2020 Calendar: After several meetings between the NBA and the NBPA, a tentative date for the start of the 2020-21 NBA Season was decided. We could see the NBA back in action as soon as the 22nd of December for a 72-game season.

The NBA was affected severely by the Covid-19 pandemic. The league has also suffered substantial losses after the Houston Rockets’ manager Daryl Morey tweeted support for pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong.

As a result, the Chinese Basketball Association suspended co-operation with the Houston Rockets, as did Chinese sportswear brand Li-Ning, and the club’s sponsor in China, Shanghai Pudong Development Bank.

The NBA is hugely popular in China with around 800 million fans supporting millions of dollars of business.

Also Read: NBA Draft 2020 Free Agency: NBA to begin it from Nov 20

NBA Calendar for the 2020-21 Season:

November 18: NBA Draft

November 20: Free Agency starts

November 22: Free Agent signings begin

December 1: Training camps open

December 22: Opening night

A delay in the start of the 2020-21 NBA Season would have caused an additional $500 Million loss. NBA’s broadcasting partners ESPN and Turner are also happy with the pre-Christmas start.

This way the NBA postseason will also not clash with the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. With a 22 December start, the playoffs will most likely begin in May and the NBA Finals could be played 2 months later.

Also Read: NBA Draft 2020 Free Agency: Schedule, Types of Free Agency; All you need to know