The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association have finalized the terms of the deal that will allow the league to restart the season at the Disney World campus near Orlando, Florida next month.
The league and union made the announcement on Friday.
Many details were already known, such as how “strict health and safety protocols” would be in place for the 22 teams that will participate, that no fan will be present and that the matches will be played in three different arenas at the ‘ESPN. Wide World of Sports complex.
With all the necessary details completed and agreed, the league has announced that it will publish the schedule of 88 “ranking matches” – eight games for each of 22 clubs, starting July 30 – later Friday, as well as the schedule. national broadcast for this part of the season.
“We have worked with the Players Association to establish a restart plan that prioritizes health and safety, preserves competitive equity and provides a platform to resolve social justice issues,” said the commissioner. from the NBA, Adam Silver. “We are grateful to our longtime Disney collaborator for hosting and making this comeback possible, and we also thank public health officials and infectious disease specialists who helped guide the creation of comprehensive medical protocols and protections. “
These protocols will be essential, given the current state of coronavirus testing in Florida.
Numbers in the Sunshine State have skyrocketed in recent weeks, and Orange County – the Orlando area – has seen at least 10% of all tests return positive for 10 consecutive days. This is more than double what the rate in this part of the state was from June 6 to 15, and more than 10 times higher than the 0.9% clip of positive tests from May 9 to 22.
Earlier on Friday, the league and union announced that 16 of the 302 players tested on Tuesday, the first day of mandatory testing leading to the restart, had returned positive for the coronavirus. Players who have tested positive should remain in isolation until they meet public health protocols to end isolation and have been authorized by a doctor.
“It took real collaboration between the league and the union – special congratulations to our executive committee and several other team representatives – as well as the continued support and assistance of medical experts, health officials public and many others, “said NBPA Executive Director Michele Roberts. . “In addition, our platform in Orlando offers a unique opportunity to expand the ongoing fight against systemic racism and police brutality in this country.”
The league and union announced earlier this week that tackling racial issues and inequality in the country will be a priority during the resumption of the season.
The NBA suspended its season on March 11 due to the virus.
Source: AP News