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ByReuters
20/05/2020 at 17:31 | Updated 20/05/2020 at 17:33

Disney World has emerged as the frontrunner to host NBA teams and games if the 2020 season resumes, The Athletic reported Wednesday.

"The NBA has Orlando/Disney World as a clear frontrunner for return-to-play
site for resuming 2019-2020 season. Orlando has gained significant seriousness
among other cities such as Las Vegas," Shams Charania reported via Twitter.

Commissioner Adam Silver said on May 12 he wanted to decide within "two to
four weeks" whether the NBA would attempt to resume the season halted on March
11 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Silver and owners reached agreement on the
preference of a "campus environment" for the health and safety of the players
and teams, as well as the general public, according to ESPN.

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On the most recent Board of Governors call, owners and executives were
encouraged about the league's steps toward returning safely amid the
coronavirus pandemic and about positive conversations with the National
Basketball Players Association, per ESPN.

The concept of a resort setting -- the type of location that would allow all
NBA teams to be housed in a controlled environment -- was floated first in
late March when Silver called upon teams to submit all ideas for an eventual
return. The Bahamas and Las Vegas are also on the table.

The report added that Silver emphasized that in order for a return to occur,
all parties would need to accept that a single positive test for COVID-19
would not derail the season.

If a positive test would "shut us down, we probably shouldn't go down this
path," Silver said, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

The league suspended play after All-Star Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz tested
positive for the virus.

--Field Level Media

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