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Report: Disney World frontrunner to house NBA if season returns

The NBA is looking at Orlando to play out the remainder of the season with Disney World resorts already starting preparations.

Invited guests check out Black Spire Outpost during a sneak peek of the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Tuesday, August 27, 2019. The Star Wars themed land at Disney World officially opens on Thursday. Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel/Tribune News Service via Getty Images

The NBA is trying to get back on the court soon and the hope is that a neutral site will be used to house the League’s teams. If that’s the case, it’s looking like Disney World has emerged as the clear frontrunner to finish the season, The Athletic’s Shams Charania and Sam Amick reported Wednesday afternoon.

We had known from previous reports that Disney Land and Las Vegas had emerged as the two candidates to help the NBA get back in 2019-20. The coronavirus pandemic shut down the League on March 11 and it is expected that an announcement pertaining to a return will come between June 1-15, also reported by Shams.

Not long after Charania and Amick’s report, we found out that Disney Land is already preparing hotels to house teams. The Wide World of Sports Complex has begun prep to bring back the NBA and possibly the MLS as well, per Yahoo Sports’ Keith Smith.