Washington (NBC) - The NBA is preparing for the hiatus that has interrupted the 2020 season to be lengthy, but is still making tentative plans for an end to the current break at some point that would allow a resumption of the season, according to an ESPN report.
Teams have been told to seek arena dates for games into the middle of August, based on a best-case scenario of a resumption of play in mid-to-late June. Also, there is apparently a possibility of going directly into the playoffs without finishing the regular-season schedule. It’s possible that a resumption of the season that would last through most of the summer would also mean a very short break before the start of the 2020-21 season.
The league is studying the possibility of playing in smaller venues or even team practice facilities if games are scheduled without fans in attendance, which is likely. The smaller venues or practice gyms could provide unique viewing angles for television that have not been previously used.
Without fans in the arenas, there would be no need for the use of larger venues, where the expense is higher and the look on television wou The big problem for the league, though, is that no one knows the extent of the impact the coronavirus will have on society in general. Just how long is this threat going to last and how hard will it hit?
For now, nobody knows.