NBA gamers on Thursday tentatively accepted a 72-game common season in 2020-21 that will begin Dec. 22.

The 2019-20 season was suspended for greater than 4 months due to the coronavirus pandemic. It ended Oct. 11 with the Lakers successful the championship. The subsequent marketing campaign is ready to start simply earlier than Christmas following a vote by the Nationwide Basketball Gamers Affiliation. It is going to be 10 video games shorter than the standard 82-game slate.

“The Board of Participant Representatives of the Nationwide Basketball Gamers Affiliation (NBPA) has tentatively accepted a begin date of December 22, 2020 for the 2020-2021 NBA season and a 72-game schedule,” the NBPA stated an announcement Thursday night time.

“Extra particulars stay to be negotiated and the NBPA is assured that the events will attain settlement on these remaining points related to the upcoming season.”

The Lakers received their 17th championship and first since 2010 by overcoming the Warmth 4-2 within the NBA Finals.