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Coronavirus: NBA, players finalise terms for restart

NBA Re Opening Night Odds Lakers Clippers Pick'Em NBA, Thunder release eight game schedule
Cary Erickson | 29 June, 2020, 12:43

The NBA explained that every player who tests positive will have to undergo a hefty period of self-isolation to ensure the safety of others around the league.

The NBA and the NBPA announced Friday that they have finalized a comprehensive plan for a July 30 restart to the 2019-20 season at a single-site campus at the Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Florida.

The matchup, which the National Basketball Association revealed Friday, will be the first of eight "seeding games" played by the Clippers over two weeks at ESPN's Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando, Fla., before the start of the postseason. The Utah Jazz have opened as a 1-point favorite over Williamson's Pelicans in the opener, and the Lakers-Clippers nightcap has opened as a pick'em. "A lot of people in America don't have jobs right now, and we have the opportunity to be a beacon of light, not just for that one particular thing but the social injustices".

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The retailer will continue posting unpaid content on Facebook, which it said is its second-largest paid advertising platform. Beverage company Pepsi is also reportedly planning a Facebook advertisement boycott in July and August.

All 22 teams invited back will play eight "seeding games", which count as regular season games, before the playoffs begin. The time and arena for their final seeding game are undetermined.

Plans call for 52 of the 88 seeding games to be nationally televised, with 18 on TNT (including the opening-night doubleheader), 17 on ESPN, 14 on NBA TV and three on ABC. That game will be carried by Fox Sports Oklahoma. If the NBA is able to stage the remainder of the games without having to shut down again, the NBA Finals will finish no later than October 13.