Roster Cut-Off Dates

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The Roster Cut-Off Date in the NBA Live series refers to the date at which the rosters are locked. Although the default rosters have sometimes included transactions that have occurred after the cutoff date, players (including newly drafted rookies) who are not signed to an NBA contract by the cutoff may not be included in the game. There appears to be some leeway for players who have been released by their teams whose contracts have not yet expired. A criticism of recent games has been the early cutoff date resulting in several players being omitted from the default rosters, though it has been revealed that the dates are governed by the NBA rather than EA Sports.

The early cutoff dates generally do not pose a problem to PC users as unofficial roster updates add missing players. EA Sports have also released official roster updates which add players not originally included in the game. With the addition of NBA Live 365 in NBA Live 09, cut-off dates might become a non-factor for a lot of players.

Cut-Off Dates[edit]

NBA Live 09[edit]

  • July 15th, 2008

NBA Live 08[edit]

  • July 26th, 2007

NBA Live 07[edit]

  • July 27th, 2006

NBA Live 06[edit]

  • August 4th, 2005

NBA Live 2005[edit]

  • September 30th, 2004

NBA Live 2004[edit]

  • October 9th, 2003

NBA Live 2003[edit]

  • October 1st, 2002

NBA Live 2002[edit]

  • September 10th, 2001 (however, Michael Jordan's signing with the Wizards was included)

NBA Live 2001[edit]

  • November 27th, 2000

NBA Live 2000[edit]

  • September 1st, 1999