It is about time that we have concrete information about sports returning and not just basing our thoughts on speculations and rumors. Both the National Hockey League and National Basketball Association have released plans to have their sports come back.
The NHL has decided that the regular season is over and that 24 teams have made it to the playoffs. The top 4 teams in each conference will get a bye to the normal first round of the playoffs, and all the other teams will play a best-of-5 play-in series. From there, the playoffs happen as normal, with each series being a best-of-7. There will be two hub cities that have not yet been decided where the teams will play the games. I personally love this idea because it reminds me of a March Madness-style bracket that will draw attention. The only issue is the NHL has not put out an official start date for training camps to open up.
The NBA, on the other hand, has most of their plans finalized. They are set to return on July 31st and play all of their games in Orlando, Florida. There will be 13 Western Conference Teams and 9 Eastern Conference teams that play games, and each team will play eight regular-season games to determine the seeding. After the regular season games finish, there could be possible to play in games between the number 8 and number 9 seeds. The only team that voted against the NBA’s proposal was the Portland Trail Blazers. I am thrilled to see these new ideas becoming a reality and knowing that we are this much closer to a comeback for sports. I can now have actual conversations on teams’ paths to winning their respective championships. All I can say now is it is time for the playoffs.