National Basketball Association begins conversations with Walt Disney about resuming season

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Games would be played at Disney's ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, which is located near Orlando.

The NBA has officially initiated conversations with the Walt Disney Corporation about the potential of resuming the 2019-20 season at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, per ESPN's Ramona Shelburne. Disney's ABC benefits each June by airing the highly-watched NBA Finals.

The spokesman said the league was "working with public health experts and government officials on a comprehensive set of guidelines to ensure that appropriate medical protocols and protections are in place".

The NBA is in talks to resume the season at Florida's Disney World Resort in late July.

The NBA suspended its season indefinitely on March 11, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Silver also held a conference call with the GMs on Thursday, discussing what the potential restart of training camp would look like (a two-week training camp in each team's market, followed by a two-week quarantined training camp in the playing location), an update on the league's COVID-19 testing protocols (the National Basketball Association is trying to acquire tests that use saliva or test via the tip of the nose given resistance to nasal swab testing), and how the bubble sites could operate (namely that teams could share support services like doctors and security personnel, to lessen the number of people involved in these bubble sites).

The league was the first major U.S.pro sports outfit to halt its season amid the spread of the COVID-19 disease after the Utah Jazz's Rudy Gobert tested positive.

The other proposal was having two sites: Orlando for the Eastern Conference and Las Vegas for the Western Conference. As of Saturday, the state has 50,127 reported cases of the virus and 2,333 deaths.

Teams have been allowed to welcome players back to their training facilities for voluntary sessions since May 8, and more than half of the league's franchises have taken advantage of that opportunity.

The only three Heat players who have quarantined outside of South Florida - Jimmy Butler, Andre Iguodala and Solomon Hill - have not returned to Miami yet as they wait to learn more concrete details about the NBA's plan for the remainder of the season, according to multiple league sources.

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