8 weeks K.O. for the US Sports and NBA could go until August

Top Quote The new recommendation from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention opens up a new scenario in the NBA. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) April 30, 2020 - The NBA, this time without a videoconference of the Board of Directors to back it up, has seen yet a new change of direction. The information about the coronavirus makes every prediction old news within a few hours, and even more so in a country where the disease is advancing very rapidly, as is the case in the United States.

    The new recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an authority in the United States and abroad, is clear: meetings of 50 or more people should be restricted for at least eight weeks. NBA games are therefore in very serious danger this season. Fifty is a very small number that is not enough to cover a game, even behind closed doors, if we already have all the personnel necessary to do so, and this new two-month period of the forced shutdown is a very optimistic prediction.

    From June to August
    The NBA continues to come up with ideas and Adam Silver internally asks franchises to be open to innovative ideas in order to close the season. The feeling, after the update of the situation, is that the best scenario would be that the top US Basketball League returns in mid-June, as reported by Adrian Wojnarowski (ESPN). His plan carries on to look for free dates in sports halls for the month of August, in order to finish this 2019/20 NBA season.

    Other well-informed reporters speculate with a new calendar. Bobby Marks talked about the possibility of placing the break of the players from September to December. Thus, the next season would begin there and then with possibly a reduced calendar of games, much like the season of the 2011 lockout for example. Marc Stein answers to him by pointing out that that would leave NBA players out of the Olympic Games that is, if the latter are played.

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