National Basketball Association in Talks to Restart Season Late July in Orlando

Tanya Simon
May 23, 2020

Games would be played at Disney's ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, which is located near Orlando. Disney is one of the NBA's biggest TV partners with the NBA Finals broadcast on ABC. The list of National Basketball Association players who were known to test positive eventually grew to 10 - not all were identified - and Commissioner Adam Silver said last month that the actual total was even higher. Some teams have considered setting up temporary training camps at interim stops prior to arriving in Florida, sources told Wojnarowski.

"That's the money-winner when it comes to Disney", Dudley said. Disney owns ESPN. That's where they make their money. "That one I'm nearly 100% sure of".

The NBA has been rumored to be considering a single site for its resumption for some time, with Las Vegas also allegedly under consideration.

Public health experts have concluded the coronavirus, which has led to the deaths of at least 95,000 Americans, is transmitted more easily indoors and in close-contact situations.

"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".

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Of those in a hospital, 183 are in intensive care, up only three from the 180 reported 24 hours earlier. Quebec has 45,495 confirmed cases of COVID-19, up 720 from the day before.

"Places are opening up". "The virus itself didn't get better. stay safe".

More than half of the league's teams have re-opened their practice facilities this month under strict conditions and only in places where local and state governments have given them the green light.

Other sports have unveiled plans to return to the field.

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. Germany's top soccer league Bundesliga resumed play last weekend, and on Saturday Spain's La Liga received clearance from Spanish prime minister Pedro Sanchez to resume its season in early June. Will they figure out the regular season?

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