The NBA said next season would begin on Christmas at the earliest.
But get it straight: That's a best-case scenario.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver, via CNN:
February seems like a reasonable expectation. But so much is changing with our handling of coronavirus. Predictions are weak at this stage.
Of course, the NBA wants to play a full 82-game season with fans at arenas. That's how to most directly maximize revenue.
But when will it be safe for fans to attend games? How long will owners and players be content to wait while making practically no revenue? At some point, will it be better to play games and draw some revenue?
Assuming next season begins on a date the NBA doesn't want to use as its start date going forward, how will the league get its annual calendar back on track if not reducing the schedule length? Fewer off days? Shorter offseason?
Like with many things, coronavirus creates many difficult complications.
Adam Silver: Next NBA season will likely start in 2021 originally appeared on NBCSports.com