Reports Say The NBA Could Rebound At Walt Disney World
It’s always fun when you get to blog something from TMZ.com – it just feels very LA Confidential. “On the QT and very hush, hush…”
Although this isn’t exactly casting couch Hollywood gossip a la Danny Devito in the neo-noire flick.
This is a much bigger (taller?) deal.
Apparently, the NBA is in talks to play games at Disney World.
BTW: The Athletic is a bonafide sports journalism source.
Shams Charania posted:
One possible playing ground for NBA if finishing season becomes safe for league and players: Walt Disney World Resort property in Orlando, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium. League has kept different scenarios in mind.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) April 29, 2020
And apparently, the idea has been kicking around for a bit, as evidenced by Kevin Smith’s report at Yahoo Sports from April 16:
While Las Vegas, Atlantic City, Nassau and other cities are solid candidates to host a league like the NBA, none offers what Walt Disney World can, and it can do it all with relative ease.
It’s a big task for any one place to pull off, but Walt Disney World has the infrastructure to handle massive events each day because it largely runs as a self-contained city already. To cordon off a section of its property when the resort is already closed isn’t the monumental task it would be for a public property in the middle of a big city.
If the NBA is serious about a single-site location to salvage the 2019-20 season, Walt Disney World seems to be the only logical choice — whenever that will be.
Here’s the thing, I followed hockey players around for the better part of a decade. So, the NBA wasn’t my first priority in viewing. However, if the NBA makes its way down to Florida; well, I’d be watching as many Boston Celtics games as possible.