NBA, players union agree to start season on Dec. 22 The 72-game schedule will be released in the coming weeks. NBA announces format for 2020-21 season - The Boston GlobeThe season will begin on Dec. 22 and feature 72 games for each team. Some NBA players may not be available for Tokyo OlympicsThe 2020-21 NBA schedule will feature a play-in tournament and an NBA Finals that could run all the way until July 22 — keeping some players from competing in the Olympics. NBA announces new structure and format for 2020-21 season - Voice OnlineTHE NBA today announced the new structure and format for the 2020-21 season, which will include a Play-In Tournament to determine the teams that will fill the seventh and eighth playoff seeds in each conference. Celtics executive Rich Gotham says team hopes to host fans at some point during 2020-21 season - The Boston GlobeThe NBA is scheduled to return to play on Dec. 22, with a 72-game schedule. The regular season is set to end in mid-May. NBA preseason to take place December 11-19The NBA preseason is less than one month away, with exhibition games set to take place from Dec. 11-19, The Athletic reported Saturday. Done deal: NBA to come back on Dec. 22 with 72-game seasonIt’s official: The NBA is coming back Dec. 22. The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association announced Monday night that they’ve struck a deal on N.B.A. Is Expected to Start Its New Season Next MonthThe players tentatively approved a shortened 2020-21 season that will begin Dec. 22, giving top teams little time to recover from the last campaign.