Disney World Orlando Is a Front-Runner to Host NBA if It Returns

New reports continue to suggest that the Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, could serve as a temporary home for the NBA, Yardbarker reports. Shams Charania of The Athletic, who wrote about the possibility in April, tweeted Wednesday that there's renewed optimism about a Disney-NBA partnership. "The NBA has Orlando/Disney World as a clear frontrunner for return-to-play site for resuming 2019-20 season, sources tell me and @sam_amick. Orlando has gained significant seriousness among other cites such as Las Vegas." Reporter Kevin Smith also said he's spoken to Disney sources who are "confident we'll be hosting the NBA in some fashion." Smith also said the resort has, "Walt Disney World has begun the early stages of re-working some of their hotel spaces for housing the NBA and their needs." Reporter Sam Amick of The Athletic also noted the new optimism, and said Disney's ownership of ESPN, the league's top media-rights partner, also makes the deal likelier. 


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