The NBA to Disney? They negotiate to play the rest of the season in the famous parks

Disney parks could host the rest of the NBA season (Photo: Reuters)
Disney parks could host the rest of the NBA season (Photo: Reuters)

Different professional sports around the world explore the healthiest proposals to restart their respective tournaments. However, the initiative of the NBA it does not stop surprising: they reported that negotiating with Disney to ride a gigantic campus in its Orlando parks for franchises to play the matches, train and everybody those involved live there.

"The NBA, along with the National Basketball Players Association, is engaging in exploratory conversations with The Walt Disney Company about the restart of the 2019-20 NBA season to end of july at Disney's Florida ESPN world sports complex as a unique site for an NBA campus for games, practices and housing”, They made official in the last hours from the official site of the maximum.

Although the negotiation surprised the world, it is not a crazy proposal thanks to the comforts that exist in Disney world: the large amusement park has a special space for more than 90 hectares since 1997 called ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex It can be used to practice all kinds of sports, including basketball.

In the huge facilities of Disney there is a specific place that could receive the NBA (Disney)
In the huge facilities of Disney there is a specific place that could receive the NBA (Disney)

The NBA already has a leg installed in that place since 2018, when the Jr. NBA Global Championship, a tournament that receives for a week the best players between 13 and 14 years old. American children participate there, but young values ​​are also received from Latin America, Africa, Asia, Europe and Canada. In that place there are three stadiums -HP Field House, the Visa Center and The Arena- suitable for basketball and where you can "put together multiple courts", as reported by the NBA.

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"Our priority continues to be the health and safety of all involved, and we are working with public health experts and government officials in a comprehensive set of guidelines to ensure that there are adequate medical protocols and protections ”, detailed from the NBA about this proposal that caught the attention of the world of sports.

The rumor around this possibility had begun to sound three days ago through the analyst of NBA Shams Charania, who had anticipated that the Disney proposal was gaining ground among the top managers of the most important basketball league in the world. Finally, they made the negotiations official through social networks in a message carried out by the director of communications Mike Bass.

Disney World is a worldwide recognized tourist complex and it was closed during the first days of March following the pandemic due to the new coronavirus. Although the reopening is already being planned, which will be in phases, it will be necessary to see how the negotiation with the NBA develops to know what activities will be allowed if the great basketball circus finally settles there completely. The total area is estimated to have 12,000 hectares, where mainly hotel and theme park variants are distributed. This versatility will allow things to be arranged so that the NBA can restart its 2019-20 season there.

As a first step, plans to resume activity by the end of July to allow players to train for two to three weeks in their cities before fully entering Disney World, where health and control measures will be deepened daily.

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Notably, the NBA season was suddenly stopped by Covid-19 on March 12 happened after knowing the first positive case in a player. The franchises had disputed between 63 and 67 matches each.

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