NBA 2020-21: The NBA will establish an anonymous hotline to report potential violations of NBA safety protocols during in-market play in the NBA 2020-21 season, according to Shams Charania.
The NBA recently released the schedule for the NBA Preseason games. They start on the 11th of December.
The teams will be playing three or four games, according to a report by Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium. The franchises can decide how many games they would like to play, but it is mandatory that each team must hold one home game before December 22.
The NBA is more reliant on ticket and sales incomes than the NFL. Still, in most cities, fans will not be allowed into games any time soon. But where they are allowed in, they will have to follow certain protocols.
NBA to establish an anonymous hotline:
The NBA will establish an anonymous hotline to report potential violations of safety protocols during in-market play in 2020-21 season, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium. There was also a hotline for the Orlando restart.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) November 28, 2020
NBA will save up to $500 million with a pre-Christmas start rather than starting the new season in January 2021. The players understand the financial loss that the league will incur and thus, are ready for an early start.
Also, with a pre-Christmas start, NBA broadcasters – ESPN and Turner will get to keep their ritual of broadcasting 5 games on Christmas and starting the season on a Tuesday.
The tentative schedule calendar for the 2020-21 season:
• Dec. 11-19, 2020: Preseason games
• Dec. 22, 2020 – March 4, 2021: First Half of regular season
• March 5-10, 2021: All-Star break
• March 11 – May 16, 2021: Second Half of regular season
• May 18-21, 2021: Play-In Tournament
• May 22 – July 22, 2021: 2021 NBA Playoffs