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NBA, players trying to finalize Dec. 22 start for new season

The NBA’s owners will hold a meeting Thursday while players continue discussions on what’s rapidly considered an inevitability — a Dec. 22 start to next season.

LeBron James, with the NBA Finals MVP trophy, and the Lakers are likely to start defense of their title on Dec. 22. (Associated Press)

The NBA’s Board of Governors will hold a meeting Thursday while players around the league continue discussions on what’s rapidly considered an inevitability — a Dec. 22 start to the 2020-21 season.

The financial realities have outweighed a desire among players and front offices for a more prolonged offseason. But the hope of some to begin the season in mid-January appears to be too catastrophic for bottom lines already damaged by the near-certainty of fanless arenas for the foreseeable future.

By playing a 72-game schedule beginning Dec. 22 instead of opting for 60 games beginning in January, the NBA is looking at more than $500 million more in…

Dan Woike

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