Hawks GM: NBA could compress schedule next season

Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk
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The NBA wants to begin next season Dec. 1, play a full 82-game regular season and finish the playoffs before the Olympics.

Something has to give.

An NBA season – from the first game of the regular season to the scheduled Game 7 of the NBA Finals – normally lasts 244 days. So, a Dec. 1 start would mean an Aug. 1, 2021 finish

The Tokyo Olympics are slated to begin July 23, 2021.

Tim Bontemps of ESPN:

The NBA has increased the number of rest days within a season. But rest days don’t directly draw revenue. Especially after coronavirus, the league certainly won’t rush to leave money on the table.

But there are risks with this plan. Rest generally prevents injuries. Presumably, that’ll be even more true after historically short offseasons for the 22 continuing teams. If too many players get hurt, the lucrative product – highly entertaining basketball – will get dampened.

The NBA ought to be careful about killing the golden goose just to get the eggs.