As most of us are aware of now, not everybody is behind the NBA’s plan to finish out the season next month. For players advocating against a restart, the safety of playing during a pandemic and the global implications of playing during a time of civil change and unrest are just a few reasons why bringing back the game so soon might be a bad idea.
For hard-loving basketball fans, the decision to continue the 2019-20 season seems like a no-brainer. The league gets to save millions and teams get their chance to compete for the 2020 title. Sports bring people together and the world needs unity now more than ever before.
Plus, if the season doesn’t continue, it could lead to a lockout for the 2020-21 season — at least according to an NBA coach.
“I think there’s going to be a renegotiation of the CBA, there will be a lockout [in 2020-21] and you’re going to see something similar to what’s happening right now in baseball,” a Western Conference coach told Tim Bontemps of ESPN. “You’ll see a very different NBA going forward if, in fact, we don’t play.”
In baseball, the owners and players are battling through a huge financial dispute as they try to figure out how things should work for a shortened campaign.
Lockouts have been no stranger to the NBA, either. The last one was in 2011 and happened because the two sides couldn’t agree on things like the division of revenue and the structure of the salary cap.
Needless to say, not playing through this season will have a financial impact that could rock the league for years. Just something to think about…