NBA targetting October finish for virus-hit season

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – The NBA is aiming to complete the 2020 season by mid-October, reports said on Tuesday, as the league edges towards a return from the coronavirus shutdown.

ESPN reported that according to a timeframe due to be voted on by NBA’s Board of Governors today, Game 7 of the NBA Finals would take place no later than October 12.

The NBA and NBA Players Association are still finalising the details of the resumption of the season, which was halted on March 11 as the coronavirus pandemic erupted.

ESPN reported that the league is planning a 22-team format for its return to play on July 31.

All games are expected to be within the confines of Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando Florida, with all teams remaining on site to minimise risk of COVID-19 outbreaks.

The NBA’s proposal to be put before the board today requires support from three quarters of the league’s 30 teams to be approved.