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NBA, NBPA agree on 2020-21 season start and adjustments to CBA

Free agency signings to start Nov. 22, followed by a 72-game season beginning Dec. 22.

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The December 22 start increases the likelihood the NBA can return to its normal 82-game schedule in 2021-22.

NEW YORK — The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association announced today that they have reached agreement in principle on the start of the 2020-21 season, as well as adjustments to certain provisions of the current collective bargaining agreement impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  The agreement is subject to a vote by the league’s Board of Governors.

The parties have agreed in principle to the following:

  • The 2020-21 season will begin on Tuesday, December 22;
  • The 2020-21 season will feature each team playing a 72-game schedule.  The full regular-season and broadcast schedules will be released at a future date;
  • A new system will be used to ensure the parties’ agreed-upon split of basketball-related income (BRI).  In the event player compensation were to exceed the players’ designated share in any season, necessary salary reductions beyond the standard 10 percent escrow would be spread across that season and potentially the following two seasons, subject to a maximum salary reduction in any season of 20 percent;
  • For the 2020-21 season, the Salary Cap will be $109.140 million and the Tax Level will be $132.627 million.  In subsequent seasons of the CBA, the Salary Cap and Tax Level will increase by a minimum of three percent and a maximum of 10 percent over the prior season.  Teams’ Tax payments will be reduced in proportion to any BRI decreases; and
  • Free agent negotiations will begin on November 20 at 6 p.m. (ET), with signings starting at 12:01 p.m. (ET) on November 22.

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