N.B.A. in Talks to Resume Season at Walt Disney World Resort

The N.B.A. is within the early levels of discussions with the Walt Disney Corporate to restart its suspended season in past due July on the Walt Disney Global Hotel in Florida, a league spokesman said Saturday.

The restart, mentioned Mike Bass, the spokesman, can be on the ESPN Large Global of Sports activities Advanced, which might act as “a unmarried web site for an N.BA. campus for video games, practices and housing.” ESPN, which is owned via Disney, is a published spouse for the N.B.A.

“Our precedence is still the well being and protection of all concerned, and we’re operating with public well being mavens and executive officers on a complete set of pointers to make sure that suitable scientific protocols and protections are in position,” Bass mentioned in a commentary.

On Tuesday, Bass said, “Regular testing will be key in our return to play,” and that the league wanted to ensure that it “does not come at the expense of testing front line health care workers or others who need it.”

Any return to play must also come with a green light from the N.B.A. players’ union. A spokeswoman for the union did not immediately respond to a request for comment. It is also unclear what the logistics of such a return would be, such as how many, if any, fans would be allowed into an arena for games, how freely players would be allowed to move around or what kind of testing would take place.

The games would almost assuredly be run without fans in the stands, as has been the case for some other recent sporting events in golf and soccer. Any return to play would also have added risks for players or team personnel who have underlying health conditions, or for people over 65, a group that includes three head coaches.

When the N.B.A. came to a halt in March, the league had completed roughly 80 percent of its season. The league on Saturday did not say whether it would play the remaining regular-season games or jump straight into the playoffs. (Bass did not immediately respond to messages seeking additional information.)

The N.B.A.’s board of governors is scheduled to have a call on Friday, and teams are expected to start recalling players to team facilities in early June. Teams have been informed that they will likely be allowed to have about 35 members of the team — between staff, players and coaches — at the site, according to three people briefed on the league’s plans. Some teams typically travel with more than 50.

At least one player, Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie, has raised one of the issues the league and the union will have to navigate if the league, as some have suggested, returns and goes straight to the playoffs.

The ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, which opened in 1997, is a multisport complex covering more than 200 acres in Kissimmee, Fla., and is part of the Orlando-based Walt Disney World Resort. It has routinely hosted several basketball events over the years, including college invitationals, A.A.U. tournaments and the Jr. NBA World Championship.


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