The NBA is in talks with The Walt Disney Company, seeking to define a single setting to resume the season in central Florida in late July.
The information is the clearest indication that the league believes the campaign can continue despite the coronavirus pandemic.
The NBA players union is also part of talks with Disney, the league reported Saturday. The games could take place at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex, a colossal facility on Disney properties near Orlando.
NBA spokesman Mike Bass said the talks were still “exploratory” and that the Disney complex would also be used for practices and lodging.
“Our priority continues to be the health and safety of all involved, and we work with public health experts and government officials on a wide range of parameters to ensure that appropriate protective measures and medical protocols are implemented,” Bass said.
The complex is located on an area of 255 acres (103 hectares), with multiple arenas that could host simultaneous matches. It has hosted other events in recent years, such as the NBA World Youth Championship.
ESPN, one of the NBA’s partners for television broadcasts, is mostly owned by Disney.
There will be no problems of lack of space, even if the MLS occupies the property at the same time as the NBA. That soccer league is also holding talks with the goal of resuming its season at Disney properties.
The entire media giant complex measures almost 40 square miles (104 square kilometers). It has almost 24,000 hotel rooms, of which Disney owns or operates.
The NBA suspended its season on March 11. She was the first of the leading professional leagues in the United States to take that step, after it was revealed that Utah Jazz star pivot Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19. The list of NBA players who have tested positive for the condition eventually rose to 10, as far as is known.
Not all were identified.
Last month, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said the real total could be higher.
But the league has worked for weeks in countless scenarios to resume the season, all with the caveat that testing for infections will be an integral part of the restart.
The extent to which the NBA is progressing in ensuring that there is evidence or developing protocols for large-scale application is still unknown.
It is also unclear how many regular season games will be played before the playoffs begin, or if all 30 teams would be up and running. The league has requested that team general managers provide additional information on these matters.