Season Mode gives NBA Live players the opportunity to play a single NBA season from opening night through to the end of the Playoffs. It remained the most popular gameplay mode up until NBA Live 2000 when Franchise Mode made its debut. With the additional management tasks and multi-year play of Franchise Mode and Dynasty Mode, Season Mode has fallen out of favour but remains in the game as an alternative for players who do not wish to play multiple seasons or handle additional front office duties. Season Mode also allows players to select multiple teams if desired.
Traditionally players have been able to customise the season length according to their preference, choosing between a full 82 game season using the NBA schedule or shorter seasons in which they play each game once (26 game season in NBA Live 95, 28 game season from NBA Live 96 to NBA Live 2004 or 29 game season from NBA Live 2005 onwards) or twice (A 52 game season in NBA Live 95, 56 game season from NBA Live 96 to NBA Live 2004 or 58 game season from NBA Live 2005 onwards).