National Basketball Association preparing for mid-to-late June return as best-case scenario

17 Mars, 2020, 01:42 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
  • Daryl Macon Miami Heat

While the NFL league year and free agency will start on schedule Wednesday, the draft is scheduled for April 23-25 in Las Vegas.

The best-case scenario considered by National Basketball Association executives is for 2019-20 action to resume mid-to-late June, reports ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Players are still allowed to practice individually at team facilities.

The CDC recently recommended that no events of over 50 people be held for the next two months.

Fears exist of a season completely lost, especially based on what some experts see as the slow response of the United States to flatten the curve of the coronavirus and make testing available on a widespread basis. Teams seem to wish to be flexible facing various potential solutions as the financial cost of prematurely ending the season or action resuming without fans.

That report would include projections on expected revenue that would be lost if cancelling the rest of the season, resuming at some point without fans or holding the playoffs without fans.

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A resumption of league activities is perhaps still possible, but in even the best-case scenario seeing the recommendation changed back to something permitting even a bare-bones, empty-arena game would not begin until the second week of May. Since the announcement of the season's suspension, many players and team owners have committed to donating money and resources to hourly workers within the league whose income will be greatly impacted by the cessation of operations.

The league initially suspended play for what would be two weeks, a timeline that quickly transformed into 30 days with the growing expectation for more among owners.

The NBA's new, elongated hiatus also begs the question of whether baseball will also be forced to reevaluate the length of their self-imposed suspension.

Therefore, CDC, in accordance with its guidance for large events and mass gatherings, recommends that for the next 8 weeks, organizers (whether groups or individuals) cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the United States.

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