Due to the recent vanishing of sports because of COVID-19, the NBA is considering starting the 2020-2021 NBA season in December, with the playoffs potentially starting in mid-summer.
As of right now, the current NBA format starts the season the week before Halloween, with the NBA Finals wrapping up around mid-June. That stretch of time correlates with the second half of the NFL season, including the full playoffs and Super Bowl, the NHL season and most of the MLB season, although that is in the early parts of the season and dog days of summer.
For sports fans, it’s great. There are sports seemingly every day, with an abundance of related content at the same time. For the owners, it is a nightmare, as different leagues compete with one another for ticket sales, advertisement revenue and television contracts.
The past half-decade has seen the NBA world call for a change of schedule. More recently, All-Star weekend was extended, and back-to-backs were limited to give players an extra break throughout the year, as neither owners nor players wanted to lose money from shortening the 82-game schedule.
Now that the 2019-2020 season is postponed until further notice, the fate of the 2020-2021 season is uncertain. With money and legacies on the line, the 2019-2020 season will be finished, even if that means a reduced playoff schedule and less regular season games.
But moving forward, the NBA is considering starting the 2020-2021 season in December, with the NBA Finals not finishing until mid-August. That change would give the NBA that prime slot in the late summer stages when the only sport to watch is baseball, and even die-hard baseball fans are waiting for October by that time. The NBA would own that, with their best product being on the floor for the playoffs and NBA Finals.