NBA Eyes Disney World As A Venue For Season Comeback
The NBA is still looking for alternative venues to prepare for the possible comeback of the season this year. Some rumored possible locations include Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and the Bahamas. But one surprising option made the news today. According to Tim Reynolds, AP NBA writer and Olympics veteran, the NBA is considering hosting matches at Disney World.
Reynolds confirmed that the league is in contact with Bob Iger, Executive Chairman of Disney’s Board of Directors: “Disney chairman Bob Iger presented to the league’s board of governors today via video conference…[In other news,] Disney’s massive Central Florida campus has been talked about by some Florida lawmakers as a possible site for a resumption of NBA games.”
Although unconventional, the idea is approved by many. Disney’s large complex can cater to large gatherings of people and still implement social distancing. Disney’s Wide World of Sports venue in Orlando, specifically, offers courts and hotels in close proximity to all Orlando Magic facilities. More than that, the proposal gives a chance for the Bitcoin NBA betting markets up and running once again.
Two hotels can house the staff and players: Disney’s Art of Animation Resort and Disney’s Pop Century Resort. Although these aren’t the usual luxury hotels NBA players usually stay in, both of them are located near the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex (EWWS), the possible hub for all NBA activities. Outside Disney’s complex, the new Riviera Resort is nearby as well. It has 300 rooms perfect for accommodating players and offering recreational activities.
Disney World is also ready for broadcast and communications, not to mention that Disney is a sports broadcasting partner with ABC and ESPN at its disposal. Both ABC and ESPN, despite the pandemic, have immediate responses for covering NBA matches and behind-the-scenes stories.
Whether or not Adam Silver and the NBA’s board of directors will approve Disney’s offer, the final venue should ultimately have the capacity to host matches and house players and staff. The league needs a venue with necessary housing, basketball facilities, and COVID-19 preventive measures.
In the meantime, the plan to resume the season depends on the advice of the health experts. The NBA also needs to allot time for its second training camp to help players get back in shape.