Basketball: NBA board likely to approve chief’s restart plan, play set to resume on July 31

(REUTERS) – The National Basketball Association’s board of governors is expected to approve commissioner Adam Silver’s recommendation on a format to restartĀ the coronavirus-hit seasonĀ in Florida in a vote next Thursday, ESPN reported on Friday (May 29) night.

According to the report, “numerous members” of the board have said that from a group of return-to-play plans, support is growing for one that would see 22 teams play at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando.

On a call among the board of governors on Friday, “an overwhelming majority” of owners indicated they would approve a plan, ESPN reported. In order to proceed, any plan would need a 75 percent margin to be approved.

The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported earlier in the day that Silver informed the board that a target date for the resumption of play is July 31.

According to the ESPN report, among the likely specifics of his proposed plan are:

– There would be regular-season and play-in games to determine playoff spots in the Eastern and Western Conference.

– Teams who were in a playoff position or within six games of the No. 8 seed when play was suspended on March 11 would participate.

“We are lining up behind him on this,” an owner told ESPN. “The posturing will end. Nothing is going to be perfect for everyone.”

ESPN reported that only one of the four plans discussed on Friday is believed to be entirely out of the running – to bring all 30 teams back to play.

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