By Eurohoops team / firstname.lastname@example.org
The NBA has been reportedly considering Christmas day to begin the 2020 – 2021 season due to the postponement of play that has been caused due to the coronavirus pandemic. For Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, this is the way it should’ve been regardless of any crisis.
“I’ve been saying that for 15 years,” Cuban said on the “Pardon My Take” podcast, per The Score. “And the reason I’ve been getting shot down is, there’s this thing called HUT (households using televisions). And during the summer, that drops. … In the past, that was a big deal. So you wanted to end (the NBA season) by June so you could maximize the people watching TV.
“But … TV’s changed.”
The NBA has been examining all sorts of scenarios for the resumption of the 2019-2020 season. If the season continues, the playoffs will be played in August thus inevitably pushing the new season to begin in December.
The new schedule may cause a permanent change, something that finds Cuban completely agreeable with.
“We’re going to have a lot more options and a lot more flexibility to start later and end later,” Cuban said. “And rather than taking on football with, you know, our first early games, let’s let them get close to playoffs and just go wholeheartedly starting Christmas Day.”