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Shortened NBA season to open on December 22

The new NBA season is set to have a 72-game schedule and open on December 22, the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) said Monday.

The new NBA season is set to have a 72-game schedule and open on December 22, the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) said Monday.

The NBA and NBPA said they have reached agreement in principle on the start of the 2020-21 season, as well as adjustments to certain provisions of the current collective bargaining agreement impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The agreement is subject to a vote by the league’s Board of Governors.

The full regular-season and broadcast schedules are to be released at a future date.

Free agent negotiations are to begin on November 20, with signings starting on November 22.

Many details are still unclear, such as the rules for dealing with the pandemic and what happens in the event that players test positive for the novel coronavirus.

After the season break in March, the NBA had ended the season in a sealed-off bubble and no longer had an infected player.

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