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In Sports News: The NBA Return Plan

By Nelson Hicks Posted 8/5/2020 in SPORTS

On March 11 of 2020, the National Basketball Association suspended all play amid concerns for the health and safety of its players, fans, and everyone else associated with the game. Of course, this extreme action was triggered by the arrival of the coronavirus pandemic. And in the wake of that frightening development, there were weeks of uncertainty about whether or not play would resume in 2020 for the NBA. Finally, in June an agreement was reached between owners and players about how to resume the season, and how to establish a playoff format, which would determine a champion for the league.

When the season resumes

NBA games will look different in 2020

It will be anything but business as usual when the NBA returns to play in late July. In fact, not even all 30 teams in the league will be playing when games are resumed on July 30th. Only 22 teams will be involved when the league starts up again, 13 of those being from the West, and 9 of them from the East, with those teams chosen by virtue of their current records in the standings.

It was decided that the best way to isolate players from the threat of contracting COVID-19, would be to have all of the games played at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. This includes all eight of the regular season games as well as the playoffs. Those eight regular-season games will be played among the 22 teams invited, so as to formulate a seeding for a 16-team playoff field, with the playoffs being completed no later than October 13th.

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