With preliminary discussions being held with the Walt Disney Company, the NBA is currently planning to resume its season late in July at Disney’s Florida Campus.
The games would take place at the Wide World of Sports Complex. The Disney owned campus spans 255 acres and features enough space to accommodate practices and teams lodging. Disney is the primary owner of ESPN, one of the league’s major broadcast partners.
NBA spokesperson, Mike Bass, while announcing the exploratory discussions in a statement on Saturday noted that the players’ union is also part of the conversations.
He said: “Our priority continues to be the health and safety of all involved. We are working with public health experts and government officials on a comprehensive set of guidelines to ensure that appropriate protocols and protections are in place.”
After several months off, many NBA players, including all who traveled abroad during the break would be required to quarantine for 14days before rejoining their team-mates for a training camp which would lead to the resumption of play.
The NBA has not decided on a format when play returns. It is considering the idea of playing a tournament that would reduce the playoff field to 16 teams without finishing the entire regular-season slate.
The NBA season has been on an indefinite break since March 11 when Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert became the first key figure in American Sports to test positive for COVID-19.