NBA Season to Return December 22
via: NBA.

Turns out we won't have to wait a long period of time for the association, and just a couple of weeks later after the Lakers crowned themselves champions in Orlando, the NBA is back.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski revealed the next campaign of the association will begin December 22nd and is expected to be a 72-game regular season. 

In order for everyone to have time to get used to the new environment, the free agency will begin after the 2020 NBA Draft, and the training camps will most likely kickoff early December. 

In order to not lose revenue, the NBA decided to start the season late December instead of January, which was also discussed among the board members. 

A 72-game season, by league estimates, would allow for $500 million more in revenue than a season of no more than 60 games, which was expected to happen if the league tipped off in January. This start also means that the NBA’s traditional Christmas schedule of games will be possible, something the league and its broadcast partners wanted.

According to data provided to teams and obtained by ESPN, the NBA's basketball-related income was down $1.5 billion last season, therefore they needed the December start.