Typically, a pro sports champion gets to say "I'm going to Disney World!" after winning a title. But in this year of craziness, going to Walt Disney World in 2020 might become the way to win that championship.
The NBA confirmed today that it is working on resuming its season by playing all games at Disney's ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at the Walt Disney World Resort.
The following is a statement from NBA Chief Communications Officer Mike Bass: pic.twitter.com/8gfK5iVXs8— NBA (@NBA) May 23, 2020
Play would resume in late July and could see the playoffs and NBA Finals taking place at Disney World. The games would be played at Wide World of Sports for TV cameras only, with no fans admitted. Disney's ESPN and ABC are the NBA's primary broadcast partners and eager to get live sports back on the air, so being able to provide a safe, secure environment at the Walt Disney World Resort for the NBA to do that could be in Disney's best financial interest.
Sportswriters have been speculating for weeks now about the NBA resuming its season at a central location, either Las Vegas or Disney World. Now the league is finally confirming that it is working on such a plan and that Disney World is the choice. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has been encouraging sports leagues to play in Florida during this pandemic, so it would seem that government approval for a plan would not be an obstacle, assuming the NBA and Disney come to the point where they're willing present one.
The NBA and Disney have been leaders in shutting down to slow the spread of the virus, with the NBA's suspension of its season on March 11 being the first major shutdown in the United States, followed by the Disney theme parks later that weekend. Heck, the NBA was on alert for this thing back in January. But no deal is done yet.
If it does happen, though, I can't wait to hear what the star of this year's NBA Finals says after the final buzzer at Walt Disney World: "I'm going... home, I guess?"Tweet
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