It has been recently reported that Disney World is now the front-runner to host NBA games if the league decides to resume this summer. The NBA was suspended on March 11 after Utah Jazz’s center Rudy Gobert was tested positive for the virus. Several teams have started to open training facilities for a possible return lately and the question of where and how NBA games will be played has been a hot topic. According to the league sources, team owners feel positive toward resuming the league. Likewise, in a video conference where prominent league players were present, only one desire was spoken of: finishing the season. Make sure to register for the best betting software, VIP-IBC in advance to be prepared for the NBA’s return.
Why Disney World?
There have been numerous scenarios brought up regarding the return of the NBA; however, one host city has been the focal point of conversations lately. Orlando is regarded as front-runner mostly due to the capacity of hotels around Disney World. Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort/Florida has been already hosting college basketball tournaments and it has prerequisites to meet players’ needs. The administrators of Walt Disney World are confident that they will host the NBA in fashion according to league sources.
The Other Candidates
Houston and Las Vegas are other options, the latter of which is the favorite of the NBA commissioner Adam Silver. Silver believes that Las Vegas is a better host city because of its potential marketing-wise. Houston was also brought up; however, considering that Texas has the eighth-most total Coronavirus cases in the United States, resuming the league in a crowded city like Houston does not make any sense.
The Return Date
On May 8, the league announced that teams in states that lifted the stay-at-home orders can re-open the training facilities. On top of this good news, Adam Silver told the team owners that the final decision on the league’s faith will be revealed in 4 weeks at the latest. It is known that both the owners and the players are in favor of finishing the season. While it seems almost impossible to play the remainder of the regular season, there are high hopes that playoffs will take place by mid-July. Tune in to BET-IBC to learn when the major sports will restart and make sure to get your fully operational betting account before the NBA resumes!