NBA aims to have 25-to-50 percent capacity in arena suites for next season

NBA aims to have 25-to-50 percent capacity in arena suites for next season after finishing the 2019-20 campaign without spectators After finishing the 2019-20 season without spectators amid the pandemic, the NBA now hopes to have 25-to-50 percent capacity in arena suites for 2020-21 The NBA will rely on local health guidelines to determine seating capacity Masks and social distancing will be required until the pandemic subsides Seating capacity is just one of several issues the NBA has yet to iron out for the upcoming season, which still does not have a firm starting date The NBA believes starting on December 22 would allow for $500 million in additional revenue for the coming season. NBA TV partners also want that date Some players, however, have said starting in December is too soon for teams like the Lakers and Heat, who were in the Disney World bubble until mid-October

By Alex Raskin Sports News Editor For Dailymail.com and Associated Press

Published: 22:00 GMT, 5 November 2020 | Updated: 22:10 GMT, 5 November 2020

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After finishing the 2019-20 season without spectators amid the pandemic, the NBA now hopes to have 25-to-50 percent capacity in arena suites for the upcoming 2020-21 campaign.

reported Thursday that the NBA will rely on local health official guidelines to determine overall seating capacity, and masks and social distancing will be required until the pandemic subsides. The Daily Mail has since confirmed Charania's report.

Seating capacity is just one of several issues the NBA has yet to iron out for the upcoming season, which still does not have a firm starting date.

Former Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov (right) pictured in a luxury suite at Barclays Center

Former Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov (right) pictured in a luxury suite at Barclays Center

The Athletic's Shams Charania reported Thursday that the NBA will rely on local health official guidelines to determine overall seating capacity, and masks and social distancing will be required until the pandemic subsides. The Daily Mail has since confirmed Charania's report

The Athletic's Shams Charania reported Thursday that the NBA will rely on local health official guidelines to determine overall seating capacity, and masks and social distancing will be required until the pandemic subsides. The Daily Mail has since confirmed Charania's report

A person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press that players are planning to vote on whether they would prefer to start in December or wait until January. That decision is expected before the league's board of governors meets to potentially formalize some plans on Friday.

The vote by members of the National Basketball Players Association will show how many prefer a 72-game season that starts on December 22, or a season of perhaps 58 or 60 games that

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