The latest rumors coming out of the NBA corporate front office is that the NBA season will resume in Orlando, Florida. ESPN (Owned by Disney) is the most lucrative T.V. deal the NBA has. Therefore, the perfect situation is aligning for the NBA and Disney, where we will watch the NBA at Disney World Wide of Sports. The House of Mouse will be the best place to watch basketball in the country, who would have ever guessed?
Key Quote and Facts
- First, the NBA stated “We are confident we’ll be hosting the NBA in some fashion,” a Disney source told reporter Keith Smith. “It may not be the entire league, but we believe the NBA will be here to at least finish part of their season. Still hurdles to cross, but we are preparing as if that is the case.”
- Next, the NBA has been considering locations such as Disney, Vegas, and Texas.
- Board of Governors held virtual meeting where there was “optimism” about the opportunity to play in the State of Florida.
- Players have limited time to prime their bodies for playoff level competition.
Will The Players Approve?
Initial comments from players make it seem as if they are ready to start playing again and are happy to do it in Florida. However, they want to make sure that they can stay healthy, get paid, and compete at the highest level. Lebron James is pushing for his fourth NBA championship. It would be a royal shame if he didn’t at least get a chance to win a title at the “Most Magical Place on Earth”.
Let’s Talk $$$
The NBA as a company stands to lose over $1 billion dollars if the season remains on paused or cancelled. Subsequently, the NBAPA (Players) stands to collectively lose $600 million through the end of the season. This accounts for wages and bonuses for the players.
In the immediate term, if the NBA Playoffs or regular season are held at Disney, there will be ridiculous demand for tickets. For many in the area the amount of basketball talent in one city will be akin to the Olympics. The NBA aficionado hopefully will have the chance to safely view many NBA games at the “Happiest Place On Earth”.
Oddly Observant View
The happenstance of Disney owning a fully functioning sports complex is too good a deal to pass up for the NBA. With billions of dollars on the line it is a great possible situation for the fans, teams, players, and league to get what they want safely. In our view looking into the future, we see the Lakers winning a historic championship at Disney World. Fitting for King James.