The NBA Has Disney World as a Clear Front-Runner to Resuming 2019-20 Season

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL - OCTOBER 01: Walt Disney World Resort marked its 45th anniversary on October 1, 2016 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.
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The Disney World in Orlando has emerged as a clear favorite to host the greatly desired NBA return this summer, per The Athletic’s Shams Charania and Sam Amick.

Las Vegas and Orlando are the top choices to host the rest of the NBA season. However, recent news shows that Orlando could have an edge over the entertainment capital of the world.

“We are confident we’ll be hosting the NBA in some fashion. It may not be the entire league, but we believe the NBA will be here to at least finish part of their season,” sources from Walt Disney told Yahoo’s Keith Smith. 

He also added that Walt Disney World had begun the early stages of re-working some of their hotel spaces for housing the NBA and their needs. When dealing with Covid-19, safety is always the top priority. The most significant advantage is that this resort is private property, and controlling access can be done far easier than on other proposed sites. 

Florida Classified Professional Sports as “Essential Services”

Earlier last week Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said that all professional sports are welcome to return. In April, Florida classified pro sports as “essential services”. This meant that professional sports could resume, provided that they were closed to the public.

Both Florida NBA teams — Miami Heat and Orlando Magic — have been permitted to re-open their practice facilities. However, practice time will all be under strict rules and regulations. 

The idea of multiple neutral sites remains a possibility, per NBA analyst Kevin O’Connor. Yet there is no doubt that Disney World is a clear front-runner.

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