The NBA's Board of Governors is expected to approve a 22-team proposal from NBA commissioner Adam Silver this week, bringing basketball back in late July after four and a half months off.
There's so much to unpack, but one of the more interesting nuances in the unique proposal is pretty clear.
This fall, the NBA will intersect with the NFL, and it will be wild.
The proposed date for a hypothetical Game 7 of the NBA Finals is scheduled for Oct. 12, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowksi, which is the final day of the NFL's Week 5:
So the NBA's inviting 22 teams to Orlando: 13 Western Conference, 9 Eastern Conference. Eight-regular season games per team. Play-in for the 8th seeds. July 31-October 12. Vote tomorrow to ratify.
The NBA's back.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 3, 2020
That means, for five weeks, sports fans will toggle back and forth between meaningful NFL football and playoff basketball.
What if the Sixers somehow go on a deep playoff run? Could we be watching Sixers playoff games and early-season Eagles games on the same days?
Looking at the lengths of the most recent conference finals and NBA finals series, the Sixers would likely need to reach the conference finals in order to overlap with the Eagles' regular season games.
(I know that those who watched the Sixers' 2019-20 regular season can't imagine that scenario, but you never know.)
The 2019 NBA Finals was on pace to play seven games in 18 days, meaning a seven-game Finals series could possibly start on Sept. 25, two days before the Eagles host the Bengals in Week 3.
Last year, the league put five days between the conference finals and the NBA Finals, and the 2019 Eastern Conference Finals took 15 days to play six games. Could a seven-game Eastern Conference Finals start on Sept. 8 and end on Sept. 20, the same day the Eagles host the Rams? That, too, is possible.
Of course, this is simply going off what happened last year, when the league was operating normally and also building its schedule to account for travel days. Since this year's NBA playoffs will be held in one location, and without much wiggle room, the schedule might be a bit different.
I'd imagine everyone in charge of scheduling sports for late September and early October will try to keep the Finals aways from Sundays, meaning Philly sports fans' craziest scenario would be riding the high of a Game 4 NBA Finals victory (?) into a big Sunday Night Football road matchup with the 49ers.
Which would still be wild.
And this is all before you remember the Flyers will be playing playoff hockey this year, likely beginning their postseason in late July or early August, and a potential shortened MLB season could also be underway.
The picture will round into shape better when the playoffs actually begin and the series take shape. But after extended break, it seems September and October could be quite a time for sports fans.
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