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NBA, Players Union Postpone CBA Deadline Once Again

The league and the players union keep putting off one of the key decision points for the new season

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For the fourth time this fall, the NBA and the NBPA have extended the deadline to opt out of the Collective Bargaining Agreement which governs league operations. Terminating the agreement requires six weeks notice. October 30th was the latest deadline for either side to serve such notice, but the parties have agreed on November 6th as the new deadline.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN broke the news about the extension.

Multiple issues are at stake in these negotiations. The most critical is how to determine the league’s salary cap level and ancillary financial issues coming off of a year which featured an unprecedented season stoppage due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The NBA and its players are also wrangling over the starting date of the 2020-21 season, with the league reportedly angling for a December 22nd start, the players more comfortable with mid-January.

Terminating the CBA would throw the new season into turmoil. Shams Charania of The Athletic is reporting that, should either side declare an “opt-out” on the 6th, the actual date of expiration would fall in mid-December, just eight days before the league hopes the new season would start.

More on this next week.