Providence Pirates delay start of the season to January 2nd, 2021.
The American Basketball Association (ABA) and Providence Pirates announced the start of the 2020-2021 season will be delayed until January 2, 2021 instead of its original opening date of November 7, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The pandemic forced the ABA to suspend operations on March 12, 2020, prior to the start of the postseason playoffs.
“Most sports leagues in the county, including NBA, have begun playing games without fans present,” said Sercan Fenerci, Pirates’ President and CEO. “The idea behind delaying the start of the 2020-21 season is to allow fans to be able to be present for as much of the season as possible.”
The rise of the case numbers all over the county is something ABA does not taking lightly. “It is something we are deeply concerned about. We monitor the activity of the virus daily and remain diligent in following all health guidelines. We felt that starting season in November was premature based on the current surge and conditions,” Fenerci added.
The ABA plans to shorten the season and extend regular season play through mid-March. The league also plans to shorten the play-in rounds, and hold the Final Eight playoff games in Binghamton, NY, in mid-April.
Full details of the restructured season will be announced in the upcoming months as ABA continues to monitor the pandemic. The Providence Pirates will compete in competitive Northeast Division, which includes teams from New England, New York, Pennsylvania, and Maryland.
The Pirates plan to hold tryouts for the inaugural season in the fall.
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