NBA, Disney discuss resuming season in late July at Florida complex as part of single-site plan

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The NBA’s plans to resume its season have taken a more concrete form.

The league has entered “exploratory conversations with the Walt Disney Company about restarting the 2019-20 NBA season in late July at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Florida as a single site for an NBA campus for games, practices and housing,” NBA spokesman Mike Bass said in a statement Saturday.

“Our priority continues to be the health and safety of all involved, and we are 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, which suspended its season when Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), has explored the idea of using a single site to resume games, and Las Vegas and Houston were other sites considered.

But if the NBA restarts, the Disney complex makes sense for a variety of reasons,…

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