NBA and Disney In Talks To Resume Season In Orlando
It’s been nearly three months since the coronavirus pandemic brought the NBA season to a hault. There have been several conversations recently on alternatives to possibly resume the 2019-2020 season.
The ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando has been the most recent possible home of the players for the rest of the season. It’s 255-acre site boasts enough space to provide housing and multiple areas that can be used for practice and games. Should the plan move forward, the season could possibly resume as early as July.
NBA spokesman Mike Bass released a statement via twitter concerning the plans.
The following is a statement from NBA Chief Communications Officer Mike Bass: pic.twitter.com/8gfK5iVXs8
— NBA (@NBA) May 23, 2020
“The NBA, in conjunction with the National Basketball Players Association, is engaged in exploratory conversations with The Walt Disney Company about restarting the 2019-20 NBA season in late July at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Florida as a single site for an NBA campus for games, practices and housing,” Bass stated.
“Our priority continues to be the health and safety of all involved, and we are working with public health experts and government officials on a comprehensive set of guidelines to ensure that appropriate medical protocols and protections are in place.”
The NBA is strongly considering either a single site at Disney for for its resumption or Las Vegas. The players would have to begin with a brief training camp before the season to resume. When the season was abrubtly ended, the league had around 16 games remaining. If the league resumes, there would be a brief training camp. This comes after most practice facilities were re-opened on May 8th.
Resuming the season at Disney would be ideal seeing that Disney via its ESPN and Turner Sports’s TBS pay the NBA roughly $2.6 billion per year for national media rights.
They have ensured safety with their players by incorporating daily coronavirus testing for players, and mandatory self isolation for players who test positive.