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Will the 2020 WNBA season take place?
Yes, COVID-19 will have blown over by then
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No, COVID-19 causes cancellation.
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PostPosted: 03/14/20 1:39 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

NY already has drive through testing and within a week will be able to do 5000 tests per day, or more. This may have made the situation look better from the NY vantage point. Other states are far behind. In Georgia they hope to get 200 tests per day in the next week, and tests have been difficult to get up to now. To give you an idea of the situation - GA Legislature quickly closed down early last week and left town just this week. The Governor now has to call them back to get emergency powers approved - apparently neither party thought the situation would come to this just a few days ago. So I'm not nearly as sanguine about state and local governments. One thing to keep in mind - probably all 12 cities in the WNBA (and before that probably all 30 NBA cities) need to get the all clear before the seasons can start or resume.



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PostPosted: 03/14/20 2:30 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

If they can get to the point where they had enough 24-hr tests to administer to all the teams involved in the tournament plus refs and staff, I could see a possibility of no-crowd tournaments. Of course, everybody would have to be strictly sequestered between games. Is it worth it?



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PostPosted: 03/15/20 3:01 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

I believe May 15 is about the earliest any major sports event will be able to occur in the US, and even that looks unlikely. I also believe the likelihood of the Olympics being held this year are small. If the Covid outbreak starts to be contained and the testing becomes widely available I think the season could still be played with some schedule adjustments.


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PostPosted: 03/15/20 3:09 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

The only way I can see the Olympics 'taking place' as currently scheduled is with the IOC and Tokyo2020 committees refusing to officially cancel everything, but with restrictions, sanctions, and general illnesses still a factor in various places around the world every team/athlete is forced to decide for themselves whether to go. Which would suck. Push it 6 months, push it a year, hold it somewhere else entirely at a different time if you have to, but don't force it through when it's going to be a health risk and/or very complicated for everyone who wants to attend.



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PostPosted: 03/15/20 8:39 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

If the NBA doesn't return until June, they might as well head right into the playoffs. The only WNBA teams that share arenas are the Sparks, Liberty & Lynx.



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PostPosted: 03/15/20 8:59 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

toad455 wrote:
If the NBA doesn't return until June, they might as well head right into the playoffs.

Except that they actually make money from hosting games. NBA owners like money.



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PostPosted: 03/15/20 9:24 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

NBA may not return until mid-June.

https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/28908729/sources-owners-execs-bracing-mid-late-june-best-case-scenario-nba-return?fbclid=IwAR3uDkp2yAI0-d1goPW9YSvVo--4VWWmKrXkCFOOMMOqHjluADrE4GhaNWk



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PostPosted: 03/15/20 10:03 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

toad455 wrote:
If the NBA doesn't return until June, they might as well head right into the playoffs. The only WNBA teams that share arenas are the Sparks, Liberty & Lynx.


Did the Mercury and Fever change venues?



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PostPosted: 03/15/20 10:08 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Silky Johnson wrote:
toad455 wrote:
If the NBA doesn't return until June, they might as well head right into the playoffs. The only WNBA teams that share arenas are the Sparks, Liberty & Lynx.


Did the Mercury and Fever change venues?

Yeah, they both got kicked out for renovations. Presumably those renovations may go on longer if the arenas are kept open for the NBA teams to continue playing there when there was supposed to be construction going on.



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PostPosted: 03/16/20 7:32 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Silky Johnson wrote:
toad455 wrote:
If the NBA doesn't return until June, they might as well head right into the playoffs. The only WNBA teams that share arenas are the Sparks, Liberty & Lynx.


Did the Mercury and Fever change venues?


Off-set by renovations. If the Olympics get moved(possibly to 2021), the WNBA does have a three-week window to move games.



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PostPosted: 03/16/20 11:16 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

NBA vs. WNBA – Force Majeure, Number of Games to be Played

Executive Summary

According to Article XXXIX, Section 5 in the CBA, NBA players lose 1/92.6 of their salary for every game missed as a result of a force majeure event -- this refers to events or conditions that make it impossible for the NBA to perform its obligation under the CBA.

The WNBA has no such provision. The discretion to increase or decrease games played by teams during the season (preseason, regular season, playoffs) belongs to the league (subject to certain limitations – for example, preseason games will not exceed four per team; regular season games will not exceed 44 per team).

CBA EXCERPTS

WNBA
ARTICLE XXXIII
EXPANSION, CONTRACTION, ROSTERS, NUMBER OF GAMES, SEASON FOOTPRINT

Section 5. Number of Games.

The WNBA shall have the discretion to (i) increase or decrease the number of games to be played by Teams during the pre-season, Regular Season, and/or the playoffs and (ii) after consultation with the Players Association, change the playoff format (including the number of teams that qualify for the playoffs) provided, however, that: (x) the number of pre-season games in any Season covered by this Agreement (which, for clarity, shall not include any games that are part of a special competition or tournament even if such games count toward the Team’s Regular Season record) shall not exceed four (4) per Team; (y) the number of Regular Season games in any Season covered by this Agreement (which, for clarity, shall not include any games that are part of a special competition or tournament even if such games count toward the Team’s Regular Season record) shall not exceed forty-four (44) per Team; and (iii) in any Season of this Agreement, if the maximum number of possible playoff games increases over the maximum number of possible playoff games in the immediately preceding Season and any such increase results in a maximum possible number of playoff games that is greater than the maximum number of possible playoff games in any prior Season covered hereunder, the merit bonuses related to playoff achievement of a Team set forth in Article IX hereof shall be increased by ten (10) percent.


Section 7. Season Schedule.

(a) Each Season hereunder shall begin no earlier than April 1 and end no later than October 31, subject to reasonable adjustments made by the WNBA in its sole discretion related to FIBA competitions occurring adjacent to, or during, such Season.

https://wnbpa.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/WNBA-WNBPA-CBA-2020-2027.pdf



NBA
ARTICLE XXXIX
TERM OF AGREEMENT

Section 5. Termination by NBA/Force Majeure.

(a) “Force Majeure Event” shall mean the occurrence of any of the following events or conditions, provided that such event or condition either (i) makes it impossible for the NBA to perform its obligations under this Agreement, or (ii) frustrates the underlying purpose of this Agreement, or (iii) makes it economically impracticable for the NBA to perform its obligations under this Agreement: wars or war-like action (whether actual or threatened and whether conventional or other, including, but not limited to, chemical or biological wars or war-like action); sabotage, terrorism or threats of sabotage or terrorism; explosions; epidemics; weather or natural disasters, including, but not limited to, fires, floods, droughts, hurricanes, tornados, storms or earthquakes; and any governmental order or action (civil or military); provided, however, that none of the foregoing enumerated events or conditions is within the reasonable control of the NBA or an NBA Team.

(b) In addition to any other rights a Team or the NBA may have by contract or by law, if a Force Majeure Event occurs and, as a result, one or more Teams are unable to play one or more games (whether Exhibition, Regular Season, or Playoff games), then, for each missed Exhibition, Regular Season, or Playoff game during such period (the “Force Majeure Period”) that was not rescheduled and replayed, the Compensation payable to each player who was on the roster of a Team that was unable to play one or more games during the Force Majeure Period shall be reduced by 1/92.6th of the player’s Compensation for the Season(s) covering the Force Majeure Period. For purposes of the foregoing calculation, and notwithstanding the actual number of games that any Team played, was scheduled to play, or could have played during the Seasons(s) affected by the Force Majeure Event, each Team shall be deemed to play five (5) Exhibition games, eighty-two (82) Regular Season games, and 5.6 Playoff games during each such Season.

(c) In the event that Section 5(b) above applies, the applicable Compensation reduction from each player shall be withheld by the player’s Team from the first Compensation payment (or payments, if the first such payment is insufficient to satisfy the reduction) that is (or are) due or to become due to such player following the commencement of the Force Majeure Period (whether under the Player Contract that was in existence at the commencement of the Force Majeure Period or any subsequent Player Contract between the player and the Team). If such Compensation payment (or payments) is (or are) insufficient to cover the Compensation reduction required by Section 5(b) above, then either (i) the player shall promptly pay the difference directly to the Team (“old Team”), or (ii) if he subsequently enters into a Player Contract with, or is traded to, another NBA Team (“new Team”), such difference shall be withheld from the first available Compensation payment (or payments, if the first such payment is insufficient to satisfy the remaining reduction) that is (or are) due to the player from the new Team and shall be remitted by the new Team to the old Team.

(d) Upon the occurrence of a Force Majeure Event satisfying the terms of Section 5(a) above, the NBA shall have the right to terminate this Agreement as of the sixtieth (60th) day following delivery to the Players Association of a written notice of termination, which must be delivered to the Players Association within sixty (60) days of the Force Majeure Event. During the sixty-day period following delivery of such written notice of termination, the NBA and the Players Association shall engage in good faith negotiations for the purpose of entering into a successor agreement, and during such period the provisions of Article XXX shall remain in full force and effect.


https://cosmic-s3.imgix.net/3c7a0a50-8e11-11e9-875d-3d44e94ae33f-2017-NBA-NBPA-Collective-Bargaining-Agreement.pdf


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PostPosted: 03/16/20 11:17 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

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What would NBA schedule look like in potential summer return? Breaking down options and obstacles

https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/2020/03/16/coronavirus-nba-potential-return-options-obstacles-remain/5056621002/



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PostPosted: 03/26/20 8:21 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban Hopes NBA Games Can Resume By Mid-May
https://www.iheart.com/content/2020-03-26-mavericks-owner-mark-cuban-hopes-nba-games-can-resume-by-mid-may/?mid=372769&rid=94654617&sc=email&pname=newsletter&cid=NATIONAL&keyid=National%20iHeart%20Daily%20Sports&campid=headline1_readmore

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Speaking with WFAA, Cuban said he is optimistic that the league will be able to resume playing games before June 1.

"No one has perfect information right now, so all decisions are tough, but if I had to guess based off the people I've talked to at the CDC and other places, I would say that the over-under [for a restart] would be June 1, and I'm taking the under," Cuban told the television station.

Cuban suggested that games may initially be played without fans.



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