RUMOR: Las Vegas has emerged as best location to resume 2019-20 NBA season
NBA executives reportedly believe Las Vegas is the best place to resume the 2019-20 season, per Jabari Young of CNBC.
The NBA suspended the season two weeks ago following Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert’s positive coronavirus test.
NBA owners want to play the 2020 playoffs in its entirety. The postseason is where the league makes most of its revenue:
According to NBA executives and agents who discussed the matter with CNBC on condition of anonymity, the league remains focused on a return after suspending operations following Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert testing positive for COVID-19 earlier this month. Las Vegas has emerged as the best location to resume the season, according to league executives…
But if the NBA does return, team executives told CNBC they favored Las Vegas as a possible location to conclude the season. And media experts agreed, adding the decision could help the NBA retain some of its revenue domestically and perhaps in China.
The Thomas & Mack Center and Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas are where the league hosts its annual Summer League events during the offseason.
If the coronavirus suspension goes really deep into the summer, the NBA could cancel the remainder of the regular season and create a “play-in” tournament for lower-seeded teams to enter the 2020 playoffs, per Young.