NBA 2019-20 is at risk of breaking, the history of the tournament has seen 4 times the players go on strike to claim rights.

NBA history has never seen a season with more volatility than this year. After a 5-month delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the NBA, with its huge efforts, brought the tournament back to Orlando.

However, the efforts of the organizers are at risk of being dumped into the river into the sea. Questions related to the human rights protection story directly affect the tournament.

Although the NBA has no fault, many players are trying to go on strike to express their views. In fact, the history of the NBA has seen four strikes, including at times the tournament was paralyzed for half a year.


Right after the NBA Draft event ended on June 28, the first strike in NBA history took place from July 1 to September 12, 1995. 

The NBA had to go into the water with a newly signed collective salary agreement, which allowed the teams to expand their salaries and the players to increase their income.

The salary limit of the rookie has also been increased, in addition to the sharing of tournament revenue are also the benefits that the team and players receive after the strike.

The 1995-96 NBA season therefore also took place a few weeks later than expected, but this strike had little impact on tournament timing.


Just a year after the first strike, the NBA players’ association announced a strike on July 10, 1996. The reason comes from the television copyright package profit of 50 million USD.

The NBA has agreed to share 50% of this package, but the number is not enough for the “workers” side to satisfy. The organizers then decided to spend an additional $ 14 million on the football cap of the teams. So the second strike in NBA history ended in just a few hours!

1998-99 season

In March 1998, the owners of the team decided to reopen the collective salary agreement, with two main elements: changing the salary limit system and the salary ceiling for each player. 

This rule is considered to seriously affect a player’s income level. Immediately the players’ association protested, demanding to cancel the above regulations and increase the minimum wage.

When the two sides could not find a common voice, the NBA was completely paralyzed for six months from July 1, 1998 to January 20, 1999. The 1998-99 season therefore took place four months later and each team had only 50 group stage matches. As a result, the TV ratings and ticket sales of the NBA dropped on record.

The 2011-12 season

Not going as 6 months as before, the NBA player strike from July 1 to December 8, 2011, reduced a team’s 82 group stage games to 66 games.

Team owners want a redistribution of income outside of the NBA (BRI for short). Instead of 57% of players – 43% of the team, bosses want a new number of 47% of players – 53% of the team.

By the end of November, the NBA has successfully settled the number of 49 to 51.2% for the team, after which the season is completed.

The 2019-20 season?

Not sure about the current players’ decision to quit, but if that comes true this is the first time the NBA has failed to complete a season.

A lot of negative consequences will happen if the 2019-20 season ends soon, advertising contracts, television plus the recession coming from the COVID-19 pandemic will cause the NBA to face a real crisis!