Will The NBA Have A Live Audience In The 2020-2021 Season?

By Shane R

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With the 2019-2020 NBA season over, many fans are wondering if the NBA season will be back next year with a live audience. Currently, the outlook looks bleak due to the pandemic. With COVID-19 cases growing across the country, and still no vaccine on the horizon, having fans in an enclosed area is not looking very safe. In May 2020, NBA commissioner Adam Silver told teams that they should prepare for not playing in front of fans during next season.

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However, this would not bode well for the NBA franchise, possibly losing close to 40% in revenue. Tens of millions of dollars hang in the balance with what is going on with COVID-19. The current scenario looks bad, but with a vaccine and the 2020-2021 NBA schedule getting pushed back, things could change. December 1 is when the NBA is looking to start the 2020-2021 season, which is about two months behind schedule. It is excitement like this for fans knowing that basketball will not have an off-season for too long.

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There is a possibility that fans could slowly come back hundreds at a time, or maybe even in the thousands. But, at this time, there are no permanent decisions on this topic. Ultimately, there is still a lot that can happen in the next few weeks. NBA players and fans will be biting at the bit to get back, but safety is priority one for the National Basketball Association. With better COVID-19 testing and cleaning protocols, the 2020-2021 NBA season will be soon upon us. Get ready for basketball to be back in some capacity!