The NBA is looking at moving the start of the 2020-21 season back to December, here’s why that could be a good thing for the San Antonio Spurs
I’ve always believed that October is the best month for sports. The NFL and college football are in full swing, you get the tail end of the baseball season, it’s time for fall golf, and the San Antonio Spurs and the rest of the NBA are just gearing up.
That great sports month could be in jeopardy if the NBA goes through with some of the proposed scheduling changes it is rumored to be considering. In addition to delaying the NBA Lottery and Combine, the league is considering moving back the actual starting date of the season to December, according to an ESPN report from Adrian Wojnarowski.
According to Woj’s report, the idea of postponing the start of the season to December is gaining traction among owners because it would allow them more time to get fans back into arenas for the start of the new season. We’ve seen more and more talk around the idea of playing in a bubble such as Disney World, but one of the main drawbacks of this idea is that it would have to take place without fans.
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The idea of moving the start of the season to December is something that some fans including Ryen Russillo and Bill Simmons of The Ringer have talked about for a while now. Aside from giving the world more time to find a way to have fans at games, there’s reason to believe that moving the season kickoff to December is something the league should have done a while ago.
October is the premier sporting month but it’s also so crowded. Having the NBA kickoff on Christmas gives the league a larger stage for longer and removes some of the competition they face for prominence in the fall.
Discussions of a mid-season tournament have also been in the works. The NBA has proven to be the league most open to making large-scale shifts to shake things up and increase viewership. Even when things do return to some sense of normalcy they could find that having the league starting on Christmas Day is a move they should have made years ago.
As is the case with many changes in response to the season suspension, nothing should be off the table. Many ideas will not come to fruition but it’s an encouraging sign that the league is being open-minded about any way to get basketball back.