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Report: NBA owners, players agree to extend league’s window to suspend CBA

When will NBA return

KOLKATA, INDIA - 2020/03/25: In this photo illustration a National Basketball Association (NBA) logo seen displayed on a smartphone with a computer model of the COVID-19 coronavirus in the background. (Photo Illustration by Avishek Das/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

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The NBA suspended its season 61 days ago.

The Collective Bargaining Agreement allows the NBA – in the event of a force-majeure event (including an epidemic) that “makes it economically impracticable for the NBA to perform its obligations under this Agreement” – to terminate the CBA “within sixty (60) days of the Force Majeure Event.”

Within 60 days of the start or 60 days of the end of the event? It’s not totally clear how the clause applies to an ongoing pandemic like coronavirus.

No matter, though.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:

This is a great example of something to remember throughout this process: Everything is negotiable.

The biggest example is withholding 25 percent of player salaries beginning this week. There’s plenty more on the table, including setting the next salary cap. Expect the CBA to superseded if not outright terminated.

But for now, negotiations will continue with the CBA remaining intact in the backdrop.