After a six-week delay due to concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the NBA 2K League is all set to tip off its third season on May 5. The season promises at least six weeks of action with matches played remotely from each team’s local markets.
“We are thrilled to officially tip off the 2020 NBA 2K League season remotely and hope the excitement of NBA 2K League competition provides both new and returning fans with a fun way to stay connected and engage with our league during these unprecedented times,” NBA 2K League Managing Director Brendan Donohue said.
“Our players have been quarantining with their teammates as they prepare for the season and will now have the opportunity to compete against one another and show they are the best players in the world.”
Starting May 5, four matchups will be played every Tuesday through Friday, starting 7 p.m. ET. Each match will be played as a best-of-three series, with each series win equivalent to one regular season win that counts toward a team’s regular season record.
The season will still include The Tipoff, The Turn, and The Ticket — the three in-season tournaments featured in previous years. In these sponsored special tournaments, teams play for banners that combine to form “The Banner Chain”.
The first two in-season tournaments will include all 23 teams in the league, while the last one will decide which of the the bottom 14 teams in the league standings will compete in the NBA 2K League Playoffs.
This season, the league also plans to introduce rivalry matches and round-robin events, which are supposed to be hosted by select local markets. Specific matchups have yet to be announced, however.