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Thursday, June 4, 2020

The NBA Coming to Walt Disney World

by Ray Keating
June 4, 2020

“Hey, NBA owners, you just voted to get the season restarted. Where are you headed?”

“We’re going to Walt Disney World.”

Well, that’s basically the story according to the Associated Press. AP is reporting that owners voted to approve 22 teams – each team in a playoff position before the coronavirus shut down the season, plus six teams within six games of the playoffs – to get the season going at the ESPN Wide World of Sports facility at Walt Disney World. That leaves eight teams out for the season.

AP noted, “The format calls for each team playing eight games to determine playoff seeding plus the possible utilization of a play-in tournament for the final spot in the Eastern Conference and Western Conference postseason fields, said the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday because the league had not yet revealed the vote result publicly.”

It is expected that players would be arriving at the Disney complex in mid-July, with an NBA champion to be crowned in October.

It’s been widely reported, including by Keith Smith of YahooSports, that Disney and the NBA have agreed that Disney World’s Coronado Springs would serve as the primary resort hotel for the NBA.

The NBA’s plan to reopen in July would follow on NASCAR, which restarted racing late last month and the PGA Tour’s plan to restart on June 11-14 at the Charles Schwab Challenge. The NHL is working on getting back on the ice, while baseball’s owners and players seem bent on squabbling.


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