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No way NBA is throwing in the towel this soon with so much money at stake

NBC Sports Regional: Northwest logo NBC Sports Regional: Northwest 4/5/2020 Dwight Jaynes

An NBA logo is seen on the facade of its flagship store at the Wangfujing shopping street in Beijing, China October 8, 2019. © Reuters An NBA logo is seen on the facade of its flagship store at the Wangfujing shopping street in Beijing, China October 8, 2019.

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Yesterday I wrote about my doubts about the NBA, and other pro sports, resuming play as quickly as they would like. Soon after that was published, there was this report:

...the NBA is angling to set up a deal that enables them to shut the season down.

That could well be true. But from what I've heard from sources within the league, the NBA is also doing its due diligence in regard to multiple scenarios that would allow it to complete the regular season and/or the playoffs.

It's what you do in this situation -- you still have plenty of options and plenty of time to make a final decision, so why not make plans for all outcomes?

There is no particular reason at this time to give up on playing a season, even if it would be judged the most probable outcome.

Let's say that a treatment for COVID-19 is developed quicker than anticipated, a league would need to have a plan in place based on whatever date it would get the all-clear to gather for games, either with or without fans.

Those plans could be made and changed based on when a possible return could happen. And the point is, the league must prepare for all eventualities. 

It's hard to believe but the NBA has been shut down for just a little more than three weeks. It seems like three months. But we're still a few months away from having to make a call on the season.

I'm sure the NBA -- and the other major pro sports leagues -- will do what's best for the health of their employees and fans. But at the same, keep in mind there are billions of dollars at stake here -- for owners, players, staff and associated businesses.

The league will do anything and everything to make sure it exhausts all avenues for retaining some or all of that money. You can depend on it.

There is no point in cashing in the chips at this point. I think there could be doomsday planning being done, but you can bet that scenarios are also being developed to pick up the pieces of this season whenever possible.

It's just the smart thing to do.

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