The NBA’s Board of Governors has approved a 22-team format for restarting the league season in late July at the Walt Disney World Resort, another major step toward getting teams back onto the court and playing games again.
According to the Associated Press, the format calls for each team playing eight games to determine playoff seeding plus the possible utilization of a play-in tournament for the final spot in the Eastern Conference and Western Conference postseason fields, said the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday because the league had not yet revealed the vote result publicly.
It is the most significant step yet in the process of trying to resume a season that was suspended nearly three months ago because of the coronavirus pandemic. There are numerous other details for the league to continue working through — including finalizing specifics of what the testing plan will be once teams arrive next month at the ESPN Wide World Of Sports complex and calculating the financial ramifications of playing a shortened regular season.
The details of the ongoing talks have not been publicly released, said the National Basketball Players Association and the NBA are continuing to work on a “lengthy” medical protocols document. The details of that document will be shared with teams once those discussions are completed. The NBA teams should receive them in plenty of time for them to prepare for their arrivals at the Disney-ESPN complex.
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Yesterday we reported the news that the Major League Soccer association was looking to resume their season at Walt Disney World as well.