NBA in talks to resume season at Disney's sports complex
The National Basketball Association (NBA) has entered into exploratory conversations with the Walt Disney Company about restarting the remainder of its season at Disney's ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida. NBA is keen to start the season in late July, spokesperson Mike Bass said on Saturday. Here are further details on the same.
"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 said, as per the AFP.
According to a report in ESPN, it remains unclear whether the NBA will play the remainder of its regular season or proceed directly to the playoffs. The 220-acre ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, with its three arenas and ample hotel accommodations, would allow the league to restart play while limiting outside exposures. This could be a significant way forward.
"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," he added.
An ESPN report on Friday had stated that the NBA has a board of governors call set for next Friday. This is expected to provide additional details for teams on a timetable and plan to proceed with the season. Teams are expecting the league to instruct them to start recalling players to their team's markets around June 1.