NBA Enters ‘Exploratory’ Talks To Resume Season In Orlando

The NBA has entered exploratory conversations with the Walt Disney Corporation about restarting the 2019/20 season at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida in late July, tweets ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne.

“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,” NBA spokesperson Mike Bass said (via Shelburne). “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.”

As we relayed earlier this week, Orlando emerged as a frontrunner to be the host city whenever the league resumed its season. In this bubble/campus-like format, Orlando would host all players, coaches, and other essential personnel as the NBA attempts to resume play.

Given the uncertainty amid the coronavirus pandemic, it remains to be seen if the season can be resumed while ensuring the safety of its players. However, this represents the most serious step since the season was suspended toward a return to play.

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15 thoughts on “NBA Enters ‘Exploratory’ Talks To Resume Season In Orlando

  1. Skip, Tampa

    Hurricane season starts on June 1st. Be nice to at least have Las Vegas as a backup site on board.
    Off the wall thought on it.

  2. ThePeople'sElbow

    What happens if a player tests positive? Probability suggests it is impossible to prevent this from occurring.

    What if positive but asymptomatic? Are they forced to quarantine? What if it’s a superstar? What if it happens during the NBA Finals? Do you suspend play for a superstar?

  3. Skip, Tampa

    What difference does it make if a Star test positive, none, except they don’t play for 14 days minimum.
    Just the way it is, play don’t play if the choose to.
    Same will apply next year and so forth going forward.
    Could test positive right now as well.
    A new life normal right now.

  4. El Don

    If they do give positive, it ain’t matter at all, they will have no symptoms & will be perfectly fit to play on, why would you stop them from playing? Just makes no sense, this virus is here to stay, probably without a vaccine, so we have to move on with life or die, but we can’t, we mustn’t live with fear, what if I catch the c-19, well there are a dozen viruses out there much more dangerous & lethal… & guess what most people don’t even think of them at all.

      • El Don

        Zika, HIV, flu, rotavirus, norovirus, dengue, rabies, sars, swine flu, bird flu, Ebola… Just off the top of my head, without even to have to look at it!

        • hiflew

          Chopping off y arm is worse than chopping off my index finger. That doesn’t mean I am ready to get that finger cut off. Just because there are worse possibilities doesn’t mean it’s not dangerous.

        • stevep-4

          Uh, several of the ones you mention are not only treatable, but preventable via vaccine, so not really comparable, my friend…
          The point is also not the players themselves but anyone else that they might transmit to, you would have to immediately quarantine them as there will be people other than players (coaches, staff, tv camera operators, security guards, etc.) at risk.

          • El Don

            Zika – no vaccine – kills over 800k/year
            HIV – no vaccine – kills almost 800k/year
            flu – vaccine – kills over 600k/year
            rotavirus – kills around 600k/year
            norovirus – kills 200k/year
            dengue – no vaccine – kills 25k/year
            rabies – vaccine – kills 60k/year
            sars/bird flu/ebola/hanta virus – no vaccine
            swine flu – killed almost 600k
            HPV – vaccine – kills almost 300k/year
            Smallpox – vaccine – killed 300MM
            Spanish flu – killed 50-100MM

            • El Don

              Now you can see how c-19 ain’t as bad as many of these bad boys who kill more or similar… but every single year, so numbers accumulate very quickly!

        • x%sure

          Most mask opponents are mixing good and bad ideas like that. The dumber idea is more socially acceptable to say out loud (claiming it’s all a hoax). This is a popular theme put on placards in right-wing protests. It could be a cover for a more Darwinian viewpoint that is truer but less acceptable than…

          The other theory is more fatalistic (a flu will go around regardless, and society cannot handle “a new normal”.). It suggests an eventual death toll that must be accepted given our technology. Maybe even this toll is best paid quickly! But really!? It is unrealistic to believe world society will go this route. Realism gets disguised by code words when spoken of on TV to avoid the charge of depressing people. Some people assume other people cannot handle the truth and so want it hidden. Hate-worthy, but options are not good.

          Society has chosen the save-all-lives approach. Flatten the curve. Be optomistic. Stay at home. And I get aggravated when mask-or-six feet rules are not followed. Right or wrong, positive testers should get the Q and not play, like they got an injury.

  5. Eric Lord

    Major League Soccer is expected to use Disney for its tournament/season and that is expected to start July 3. The MLS has 26 teams. If you add the NBA to that, even if it is only playoff teams, that is at least 42 teams. Disney is big and has a lot of hotels, but that is a lot of athletes and team personnel that would need to be put in a bubble.

  6. Skip, Tampa

    Excellent list of other really bad stuff to not want to catch. That’s before even getting into all the various Cancers and so forth.
    Beginning of the Army of the Twelve Monkeys, Hope not.
    Looking forward to seeing a 16 team playoff minimum.
    Also a Star player could just as easily sustain a season ending injury. They wouldn’t play then ether.
    Just be as safe as possible and play ball. Like everyone else is doing going to work.
    Same thing, with better pay.

    • stevep-4

      You don’t ‘catch’ cancer. Or stupidity. And not ‘everyone else’ is going to work, many are working remotely.

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