The NHL and NBA won’t be returning to action in 2020. Both leagues are looking at January 2021 start dates for their upcoming seasons.
A late January start date is being discussed by NBA decision makers — with the goal to play games in-market without a bubble. The NBPA will need to agree to next season’s start date, with players getting an eight-week notice before play begins.
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said Jan. 1, 2021, is the new target date for the league and NHLPA. Both leagues had originally targeted early December, but have gradually pushed back to ensure uninterrupted seasons, ideally with fans in attendance.
- NHL — 50%
- NBA — 40%