National Basketball Association season could extend into October, per Jared Dudley

National Basketball Association season could extend into October, per Jared Dudley

That will obviously impact finances, since the league generates approximately 40% of its revenue through fans attending games, Silver told the players.

National Basketball Players Association executive director Michele Roberts also participated in the call, which was created to update players on the league's status among the pandemic-inducted shutdown. Silver emphasized that the league collectively will have to deal with the coronavirus issue for the foreseeable future - and.

Silver told the players that if there is no vaccine the league could end up playing with no fans in the stands into 2021, U.S. media said.

According to ESPN, Silver said he's still hopeful the playoffs can feature traditional best-of-seven series at two fan-less sites - possibly Las Vegas for the West and Orlando's Disney World for the East.

The NBA continues to consider all avenues toward concluding the season, with the most likely scenario involving playing in games in a central facility.

Once the National Basketball Association figures that out and the regular season becomes a stronger possibility, players will have more incentive to make the trip back.

He flatly told players about the current Collective Bargaining Agreement: "The CBA was not built for extended pandemics". Silver cautioned the players that there will always be a measure of risk until a vaccine is developed for the novel coronavirus.

Should the season get the green light to return, Silver said he believes three to six weeks of training camp would be required before returning to competition. He also said if a player tests positive for COVID-19, it wouldn't necessarily mean another shutdown.

Roberts and Paul asked Silver to remind teams that they were not allowed to pressure players to show up at voluntary workouts at team facilities.

Some NBA teams have clearance to start opening practice facilities, but don't expect every player to drop what they are doing so they can report.

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