The National Basketball Association (NBA) are homing in on a date and centralised venue for a restart of the 2019-20 season as the clock ticks on any possible resumption.
The NBA has been suspended since mid-March due to the coronavirus outbreak, with league commissioner Adam Silver stating on May 12 he hoped a decision on a resumption could be made within “two to four weeks”.
It has been reported that the NBA is close to a decision to be announced next month with games resuming in July and as part of that it’s believed Florida’s Disney World could be the venue.
NBA spokesperson Mike Bass confirmed that the league was in “exploratory conversations” with Disney World.
“It would be a single site for an NBA campus for games, practices and housing,” Bass said.
“Our priority continues to be the health and safety of all involved, and we are working with public health experts and government officials on a comprehensive set of guidelines to ensure that appropriate medical protocols and protections are in place.”
Bass confirmed a possible late July resumption, although it’s not clear if all games will be completed nor when play-offs would take place.
The NBA has previously spoken about delaying the start of the 2020-21 season, potentially to early 2021, in order to allow for a later 2019-20 season finish and improve the likelihood of fans being able to attend a larger volume of matches.
Teams have been permitted to return to individual training while it’s anticipated players will be recalled back in home markets from June 1.
In the USA, there have been more than 1.66m confirmed cases and 97,414 deaths, which is the most in the world.