NBA news: League releases schedule ahead of 2019-20 season restart
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NBA releases schedule ahead of 2019-20 season restart

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The NBA has released its rest-of-the-season schedule, consolidating the plan to restart the 2019-20 campaign at the ESPN facilities at Walt Disney World in Orlando.

These will be the remaining eight games for the 22 teams invited to take part in the “bubble.” The restart will tip off on July 30:

Earlier on Friday, the league noted it had implemented stringent health and safety protocols for this “bubble” at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, along with a goal of using that platform to take collective action to combat systemic racism and promote social justice:

“We have worked together with the Players Association to establish a restart plan that prioritizes health and safety, preserves competitive fairness and provides a platform to address social justice issues,” said NBA Commissioner Adam Silver.  “We are grateful to our longtime collaborator Disney for its role in playing host and making this return to play possible, and we also thank the public health officials and infectious disease specialists who helped guide the creation of comprehensive medical protocols and protections.”

The NBA and Disney reached an agreement to make the Arena, the Field House, and the Visa Athletic Center at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex the sites in which the 22 select teams will play out the remainder of the campaign:

“It is very exciting to officially announce the restart of the 2019-2020 season,” said NBPA Executive Director Michele Roberts.  “It has taken true collaboration between the League and the Union – special kudos to our Executive Committee and several other team reps – along with the continued support and assistance from medical experts, public health officials and many others.  Additionally, our platform in Orlando presents a unique opportunity to extend the ongoing fight against systemic racism and police brutality in this country.  We will continue to work with our players and the League to develop specific plans in Orlando as well as long-term initiatives to bring about real change on these issues.”

This should serve as the final step in agreements before the NBA proceeds with its plan to bring the 22 teams to Orlando to finish out the regular season, barring some last-minute tweaks. There are concerns about the coronavirus surge in Florida, but for now the league plans to proceed with this plan.