Opinion: NBA and MLB should call it a year

The National Basketball Association plans to finish its 2019-20 season and Major League Baseball is trying to decide on a revised 2020 schedule.

Because of COVID-19, we have missed seeing sporting events since the March shutdown. Though I am a fan, I am not really excited about seeing either league play another game this season.

At this point, I would prefer to just see the NBA and MLB put this season to rest. They could plan for a 2020 and 2021 redux.

We are not that far off from what should be the start of football season.

Completion of the NBA season and playing a shorter version of the MLB season would just complicate things.

Is there enough interest in basketball and baseball to allow those seasons to bleed into the football regular season? I don’t think so, but I know many basketball and baseball fans would disagree with me.

At present, the NBA plans to restart their season on July 31 with all games to be played at Orlando’s Walt Disney World Resort. Only 22 of the league’s 30 teams will be a part of the restart format.

These are the 16 teams that were in playoff positions back when the NBA suspended play back in March, and the six teams that were six games or fewer behind the eighth-seeded spot.

For Spurs fans, San Antonio is included in the NBA’s restart.

It would take more space than I care to devote to it here to explain the NBA’s plan to complete their season. See the NBA website for those details.

Just for the record, the NBA Finals would end no later than Oct. 12, and because of the late finish the start of the 2020-21 NBA season would be pushed to December.

As for baseball, the MLB owners and players have been unable to agree on a revised-season format. It’s about the number of games and about money.

Several plans have been proposed.

The latest plan would be for a 76-game season, but as I write this column no agreement between management and labor has been made.

There has been talk of throwing out the league alignments in favor of three 10-team divisions for regional competition.

Houston and Texas would be in the West along with Arizona, Colorado, the Los Angeles Angels and Dodgers, Oakland, San Diego, San Francisco, and Seattle.

The designated hitter rule would be used for all games.

Because of the late start, the MLB season would extend deep into the fall.

At one point, baseball and basketball would be in competition with the National Football League and NCAA football.

This does not sound like a good plan to me. It would be better for the NBA and MLB just to cancel, regroup, and start over next season.

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