Walt Disney World Resort to Host the NBA For Remainder of Season

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    July 31, 2020

    RUMOR STATUS

    Confirmed

    Disney and the NBA have reached an agreement where the NBA would play out the remainder of their season at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex. Players and staff would likely stay at the following resorts:

    • Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort (Gran Destino Tower): Bucks, Lakers, Raptors, Clippers, Celtics, Nuggets, Jazz, Heat
    • Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa: Thunder, 76ers, Rockets, Pacers, Mavericks, Nets, Grizzlies, Magic
    • Disney’s Yacht Club: Blazers, Kings, Pelicans, Spurs, Suns, Wizards

    The games would be televised but fans will not be admitted.

    • The league would invite 22 teams (13 Western Conference, 9 Eastern Conference)
    • Each team would play 8 regular season games
    • There would be a double elimination play-in format for the 8th seeds
    • The season+playoffs would run from July 31 – October 12th
    • Practices would begin July 9-11th

    RUMOR TIMELINE

    June 16, 2020: @ShamsCharina on Twitter reported the following:

    June 4, 2020: The NBA owners voted in favor (29-1) to play the remainder of the season at Walt Disney World Resort.

    June 3, 2020: Per @wojespn on Twitter, the NBA would bring 22 teams to Orlando with a short 8 game regular season, a play in game for the #8 seed and a season+playoffs that will run from July 31 – October 12th. The vote for this will be 12:30 PM on June 4, 2020.

    June 3, 2020: Per @KeithSmithNBA, on Twitter, Disney is expected to set aside at least 2000 hotel rooms for the NBA.

    June 2, 2020: Per @KeithSmithNBA on Twitter, Disney and the NBA are expected to reach an agreement later this week where the NBA would play out the remainder of their season at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex. Players and staff would likely stay at Disney’s Coronado Beach Resort.

    The games would be televised but fans will not be admitted.

    April 17, 2020: Keith Smith of YahooSports.com posted an article suggesting that the NBA finish their season at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex.

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