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NBA players agree on plan to return to play with 22-team playoff

NBA players agree on plan to return to play with 22-team playoff
Posted at 4:41 PM, Jun 05, 2020

The NBA Players Association has agreed to a plan to resume play, with a 22-team tournament acting as the league’s postseason. When the season would resume isn't exactly clear.

The NBA and Commissioner Adam Silver are expected to formalize the agreement next week, the league said.

Silver previously said that it plans on utilizing ESPN’S Wide World of Sports facility in Orlando, Florida. The MLS is also expected to utilize the facility starting next month for a six-week tournament featuring the entire league.

"The Board of Player Representatives of the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) has approved further negotiations with the NBA on a 22-team return to play scenario to restart the 2019-20 NBA season. Various details remain to be negotiated and the acceptance of the scenario would still require that all parties reach agreement on all issues relevant to resuming play," the NBPA said in a statement.

As America’s pro basketball and soccer leagues have hammered out plans on returning to play, MLB and its union are still in negotiations on how to play out the 2020 season. The league and players are far apart on deciding both the length of the season, and revenue sharing. It is unclear if there even will be a 2020 MLB season based on the disagreement.