NBA returns to play at DisneyLand
Two fun activities in one? Is there better news in these gloomy times? (If you don’t consider the successful discovery of Covid 19 vaccines, that is.) Disney and the NBA have forged a deal to resume in July the basketball season that was interrupted by COVID-19 back in March.
Yes, the NBA matches would be played at DisneyLand in Florida. The NBA might make its return a day earlier than expected. While the original start date was July 31, the date could reportedly be moved by one day to July 30.
The vast arena
The NBA will resume play in Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando, Florida. The 220-acre complex has three arenas where the league can hold games as well as ample hotels, which would make it easier for players and their families to limit outside exposure while the season concludes.
To keep the players safe and hold down the risk of spreading the virus, they will essentially live in a self-contained ecosystem on Disney property, staying at Disney hotels and playing in arenas without fans.
Teams on board
The approved model will feature 22 teams. That includes 16 playoffs teams and six more teams. The NBA would resume a modified regular season that allows the six teams currently out of the playoffs, but that are within six games of their conference’s final postseason berth, to qualify. There will be eight regular season games for them.
This is a win-win situation for both Disney and the NBA. With Coronavirus affecting the tourism industry hard, Disney World saw a staggering loss in revenue. This would also mean that the game can go on in a safer environment.