How the NBA and Disney Plan to Keep Players Safe and Entertained Inside the Disney Bubble
The NBA is back, and in the most unexpected crossover of all time, the teams will be finishing out their 2019-2020 season at Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL. Regular season games don't resume until July 30, but players have already begun to arrive in Orlando to allow time for practice and to acclimate to their magical new environment, as well as the rigorous set of safety procedures to help ensure the integrity of the NBA "bubble" (though the league would prefer to call it a campus).
Twenty-two teams will restart the season at Disney's ESPN Wide World of Sports complex, which is massive enough to hold multiple games simultaneously. The complex also houses practice courts, though some practice areas are being set up inside the players' hotels, and members of the Disney staff have been spotted wheeling in extra-large beds to ensure the athletes get a good night's rest.
Aside from more comfortable accommodations, the NBA and Disney have worked out a highly-detailed agreement on health protocols and entertainment options to ensure the NBA players stay safe and have fun both on and off the court. Here are nine ways they're handling this unprecedented endeavor. If you're loving this mashup as much as we are, follow the action at @nbabubblewatch on Instagram and @NBABubbleLife on Twitter.