Now that the Jordan bubble has burst, momentum continues to surge for the NBA to resume its 2019-20 season, and sights are locked in on Walt Disney World, Orlando.
To give you the lowdown on what’s circling, Shams Charania from The Atlantic reported that Disney World has emerged as the clear frontrunner to host the rest of the NBA season. Why Disney World?
A few Walt Disney World facts for those who are unfamiliar:— Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) May 20, 2020
-39 sq. miles (twice the size of Manhattan and roughly the size of San Francisco)
-34 on-property resorts (28 owned/operated by Disney)
-EWWS is 220 acres. 3 indoor venues and multiple acres of field space.
It's a city.
However, Las Vegas has also been suggested as a potential destination with the league already renting out several facilities in Vegas, according to Sports Illustrated. Milwaukee Bucks owner Marc Lasry also chimed in stating, “within the next 6-to-8 weeks, we should be playing.” He also added that the league would likely have two sites and speculated that the Western Conference teams would play in Las Vegas, while the Eastern Conference teams would play in Orlando.
The season will also be shortened and reduced from 82 regular-season games to just 70. The reason it’s 70 games — like it was back in 1999 — is to retain 100% of the revenue the league receives from their regional sports network partners that air games in local markets. There’s still a bunch of logistics to figure out, but there’s a realistic hope that the league will resume its season and ultimately crown a champion.
Catch you Monday.