Mark Cuban confident 2019-20 NBA season will finish before Sept. 25
Dallas Mavericks billionaire owner Mark Cuban has spoken out again about what he believes is going to happen to the NBA if and when the season is able to resume in the near future. The Mavs owner has outlined the date of Sept. 25, saying that the current campaign will end on or before said date.
The 61-year-old explained the rationale behind his line of thinking, noting that this is all under the presumption that the 2020-21 NBA season will start on Christmas Day:
“The way I look at it, you work backward from whatever date we start next year. Using Christmas day as a peg point and say ‘we need a month for preseason.’ So now you’re to November 25. Then if you need 2 months off you’re at September 25th,” Cuban said, via The Dallas Morning News.
“Can we finish by September 25th? Yeah, I think we can.”
This is not the first time Cuban has advocated the notion of the NBA adjusting its tip-off date to Christmas. Previously, the Mavs owner expressed how he has been trying to convince the league to move the start date of the season for years now, and even explained why this is an ideal scenario from a viewership perspective. Given the current situation, there’s almost no choice but to start the 2020-21 season on Christmas, but perhaps this leads to a more permanent change of the schedule.
The NBA is hoping to resume the season at some point in July, so depending on when that actually happens, there will be two-plus months to finish by this Sept. 25 date. The playoffs usually take around two months, but there will likely be some slightly condensed version of the normal playoff schedule, and it’s still unclear just how much regular season will be played.