National Basketball Association planning Disney World camp to finish season

Talks are ongoing for an NBA late July restart at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

The NBA is widely reported to be considering Disney properties near Orlando for a "campus" environment where the 2019-20 season can be completed without fans. Disney is one of the NBA's biggest TV partners with the NBA Finals broadcast on ABC. The league has asked team general managers for additional input on those matters.

But the league has been working on countless return-to-play scenarios for several weeks, all with the caveat that testing would be an integral part of any resumption of the season. "That's why we'll be in Orlando. That one I'm nearly 100% sure of".

Even so, numerous logistical questions and safety issues remain for the National Basketball Association, which could still consider other locations, such as Las Vegas, to host games this summer.

"Teams prefer to avoid having to quarantine significant portions of their rosters twice; once upon returning to more restrictive Covid-19 markets and again upon arrival at the bubble/campus site". "The virus itself didn't get better. stay safe".

Gov. Ron DeSantis has made it clear that sports are welcome in Florida, noting earlier this month: "If you have a team in an area where they just won't let them operate, we'll find a place for you here in the state of Florida".

The only three Heat players who have quarantined outside of South Florida - Jimmy Butler, Andre Iguodala and Solomon Hill - have not returned to Miami yet as they wait to learn more concrete details about the NBA's plan for the remainder of the season, according to multiple league sources.

As Stein added, a late July restart indicates a return to actual games is likely to be later than many around the league have been anticipating.

In his article, Smith explained that he favored the complex because it has the capacity to house all of the players, coaches, trainers, officials, broadcasters, and other essential personnel in one location, limiting their exposure to the outside world, and therefore, the coronavirus.

The more regular season games played, the less money the players will lose.



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