NBA G League Officially Coming to Walt Disney World

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Get ready, sports fans! The game of professional basketball is returning to Disney World later this year. We’ll see the NBA G League play at ESPN Wide World of Sports according to recent sources.

According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the G League is “focused on” playing a 12-to-15 game 2021 season at the Walt Disney World Resort. The tentative plan is to start the season on Feb. 8 with teams arriving in their home markets on Jan. 19 and arriving at the bubble-like location on Jan. 26.

The playoffs would then run March 5-9.

Eighteen of the league’s teams have opted into playing this season, including the Ignite, G League Elite team. However, 11 of the NBA’s franchises have chosen not to play their G League affiliates this season.

This decision comes on the heels of the NBA finishing its 2019-20 campaign inside the Walt Disney World Resort.

It was one of the few success stories in a sports year filled with so much uncertainty, as there were zero positive COVID-19 cases throughout the entire time the league was inside the bubble. That stands in stark contrast to the issues other leagues faced while trying to play seasons inside home markets.

Kevin Koszola