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NBA Confirms Conversations with Disney About July Season Start

The league reveals “exploratory” talks to resume the season in July at a single site.

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The NBA had confirmed that the league and the NBA Player’s Association are in “exploratory conversations” with the Walt Disney Company regarding resuming the 2019-20 season interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The league has been on hiatus since March. According to a tweet from NBA Chief Communications Officer Mike Bass, the season would start in late July.

Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex in Florida is seen as a potential “single site for an NBA campus for games, practices, and housing”.

Plans and negotiations have been rumored for months, but this is the first official communication regarding time and place for resuming the season.

Earlier in the month, Republican Governor Ron DeSantis declared that Florida would welcome all professional sports to the state. According to Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center, Orange and Osceola counties (where the Disney World properties are) have combined for 2,388 confirmed cases at the time of this writing.

We explored the issues with, and reasons for, resumption in this post yesterday.

Update: Keith Smith of YahooSports and CelticsBlog indicates that Disney is up for it.