The Dallas Mavericks may be starting their new season on Christmas Day this year, and possibly future years.
We don’t know when exactly the Dallas Mavericks are going to restart their suspended season but it certainly appears to be close. The NBA has been throwing out ideas for quite a while now and plans have slowly been falling into place.
A recent meeting of the NBA Board of Governors failed to come to a consensus agreement regarding when and how the restart will unfold. ESPN is reporting a league-wide vote is expected to take place this Thursday and the hope is the Dallas Mavericks will resume play by late July.
On ESPN’s “The Jump” Mark Cuban discussed the current NBA season and how it will inevitably impact the coming season. With at least two months needed to properly handle offseason business, the current NBA season would ideally conclude by the end of September.
Instead of the new season starting in October like usual, Cuban says the Dallas Mavericks (and the rest of the NBA) would start their new season on Christmas Day. It’s a start day Cuban supports not only for this coming season, but possibly even for future seasons.
Cuban has been pointing towards a Christmas Day start for next season since the beginning of May. And that wasn’t the first time Cuban has supported the NBA starting on that holiday, it’s something he’s been supporting for years.
Even before COVID-19, the NBA has been hesitant to push the start date back because, historically speaking, ratings are low over summer. That’s why the NBA follows the traditional school calendar. But Cuban argues those assumptions regarding summer ratings are out-of-date and today’s viewing habits support summer sports.
The idea of starting a season on Christmas Day seems like a good one. In October the NFL season is in full effect. Most teams are alive in the playoff hunt and fanbases are fully invested in football. But by December 25th over half of NFL teams are eliminated from postseason contention. In markets in which the NFL team failed to qualify, fanbases will be eager to switch their attention from football to basketball.
If this current season and the new season go as Mark Cuban thinks, it will be an excellent trial for the permanent schedule change. Getting strong summer rating will be key to any change like this so we shouldn’t expect any long-term changes to be made until, at the earliest, this time next year. But the idea is a fun one to ponder and could be ideal for sports fans who want more action over the summer months.
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The Dallas Mavericks may be starting their new season on Christmas Day this year because of the delayed restart to our current season. If things go well this may be a long-term change to the NBA schedule.