Athletics is reporting Walt Disney World Resort Orlando has emerged as a “clear pioneer” to host an NBA match this summer, if the league decides to continue the 2019-20 season.
The NBA was the first pro sports league in America to suspend play when it returned on March 11, after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for Covid-19.
The league announced last month that teams in the state that had raised orders to stay home could reopen their training facilities on May 8, but only under strict safety guidelines.
The league’s governing council held a virtual meeting last Tuesday and the participants at the request he said The left “feels increasingly positive about the league’s momentum towards the resumption of games this season” and is encouraged about the league’s progress towards minimizing health risks and positive league office talks with NBPA about the players’ desire to restart the season.
The NBA has considered several locations, such as Las Vegas, as potential host cities, but has now entered “serious discussions” with Disney, and now it seems likely that the resort will be the only local.
According to The Athletic report, “it is still unclear when the match will start, but some sources say the prospect of players fully training in mid-June and playing in mid-July is the most popular and possibly discussed scenario.”
Last Tuesday, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver told the owner that he aimed to make a decision in 2 to 4 weeks about whether to continue the season or cancel, sources said.
“We are sure we will hold the NBA in a certain way,” a Disney
NHL, MLB and NBA remain suspended, but it seems they are getting closer to returning. Over the past two weeks, UFC has managed to hold three separate events in Florida. Major League Baseball hopes to start the 2020 season on July 4th. NASCAR returned this past Sunday at Darlington Raceway, even in front of an empty stands. The PGA Tour season plans to continue on June 11 with the Charles Schwab 2020 Challenge in Fort Worth, Texas. Based on ESPN Adrian Wojnarowski, The NBA team expects the league office to issue guidelines around June 1 that will allow franchises to start attracting players who have left their markets to return, which will be the first step towards formal upgrading for the resumption of the season. We can expect an official update from Commissioner Silver soon.
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