The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association are in talks with The Walt Disney Company about resuming the 2019-2020 season in late July at one of its facilities. That’s according to a statement from the NBA Chief Communications Officer Mike Bass and a tweet sent out from the NBA.
This method of finishing a sporting season while trying to maintain the best levels of safety for all involved is called a “Bubble League.” Which involves keeping all the players, staff, and others involved in the production of the events for television broadcast in one central location; rather than playing in arenas across the country and relying on airplanes and hotels which holds a greater risk of contamination.
So why is the NBA talking to Disney? Becuase they are looking at using Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando, Florida, as a single campus for games, practices and housing, according to the statement.
It does seem to be an ideal location for the NBA to be able to comfortably house all those involved and with cable ready facilities that are capable of playing multiple games simultaneously and easy to broadcast out of. But Bass called the conversations “exploratory,” so nothing is set in stone yet. This could spell more of a delay before the Walt Disney World Parks are reopened to guests who are not local.