Getting Back To Work By December 22 Is A Tall Order 

The goal is to start the season soon.

The National Basketball Association wants to get back on the floor around December 22nd to start the 2020-2021 season. The National Basketball Players Association also wants to get on the floor.  The two sides are trying to figure out what revenue is coming in and how to split it. The NBA is either going to need an awful lot of luck or the owners know something that the rest of the world does not. COVID-19 will be less of a factor in six weeks. The pandemic in America has not been contained. If anything, the number of new COVID-19 cases has gotten out of control and hospitalizations are up. The initial wave of COVID-19 shut down the NBA in March. At the time when play was suspended NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said the league would follow the science and it would be the experts on infectious diseases that would be followed. But money was a factor and remains a factor. NBA owners want to get some revenue, the players also want money.

Toronto is a major problem with the Raptors team unlikely to be allowed to play in the city.  The US-Canadian border remains closed to everyone except those who perform essential business. The NBA is not an essential business although Canada could make a change to its border rules with increased COVID-19 testing. Toronto might play home games in some United States city. The NBA is hoping to have people in the stands to watch the product. But that will not happen in New York or in Brooklyn to name two places anytime soon. The NBA needs America to contain the COVID-19 spread and an effective vaccine to get the business on track. The NBA would like people in the building because it needs revenue. COVID-19 remains a problem.

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