Subsequent NBA season seems on goal to begin Dec. 22 and be simply 72 video games, with the thought being for groups to make as a lot cash as they’ll in that season — with or with out followers within the constructing — whereas getting the NBA schedule again to its common October-to-June timeline for the 2021-22 season.
That condensed timeline may very well be imply no All-Star Sport or weekend in Indianapolis, experiences Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
One other potential casualty of the 2020-2021 season and the coronavirus, sources inform ESPN: The All-Star Sport. The occasion is scheduled for Indianapolis. No ultimate choice has been made.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 23, 2020
That concept — to not have the NBA All-Star Sport and the week off after it — subsequent season has been on the negotiating desk for some time. Whereas that may be a showcase occasion for the league, if there are not any followers within the constructing — for the sport or occasions just like the Dunk Contest — then is it price doing?
Indianapolis would possible simply get bumped to the again of the road and host in 2024 (the 2022 sport is about for Cleveland, and the 2023 sport is in Salt Lake Metropolis).
There are lots of questions on how all this might work: Would All-Star groups nonetheless be put collectively? Would followers (and media, and gamers) nonetheless vote on the starters? Would the All-Star Sport nonetheless happen with solely digital followers? Would the break be Thursday to Tuesday (because it was once)? Would every part be canceled?
All of that needs to be negotiated with the gamers union.
COVID-19 has upended loads of issues; the NBA All-Star Sport could be one other brick in that wall.
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NBA All-Star sport, weekend may very well be casualty of diminished schedule initially appeared on NBCSports.com