A substantial factions of NBA players, including many of its stars, are pushing for the 20-21 season to begin on Martin Luther King Day on January 18th instead of the currently proposed start date of December 22nd.

Under the players' preferred plan, free agency would begin on December 1st, which would give free agents substantially more time to negotiate their contracts.

The league believes there would be $500 million in additional revenue during the 20-21 season if it begins the season before Christmas Day, which would also allow for a return to the NBA's normal calendar for the 21-22 season.