Last night the NBA revealed its massive, 113-page set of guidelines on safety and procedures in order to resume the season and ultimately finish out the playoffs. If you didn’t hear the news, all further NBA action will take place at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex in Orlando, FL. Now you may be thinking “Hey, isn’t Florida one of the biggest Covid-19 hot-spots where people actively ignore social distancing and virus prevention measures”. The answer to that question is a resounding “YES”, but apparently the NBA has nowhere else they can hold games, so the risk is on.
Luckily, the NBA is being very strict about the rules to keep everyone safe. It looks like players aren’t even allowed out of their hotel rooms until they’ve self-quarantined for 48 hours and have two negative tests under their belt. This is before any action even starts, but once they get past the first check it seems like they’re pretty much living in the lap of luxury. Players lounges, 3 or 4 prepared meals per day, access to all sorts of Disney amenities (and unreleased films like Black Widow), and eventually private golf courses and restaurants. Sounds pretty sweet to get paid millions of dollars to run around Disney with no other people, but maybe that’s just me.
NBA’s Orlando campus will include:
◾️ Players lounges with NBA 2K, barbers and manicurists
◾️ 24-hour VIP concierge
◾️ Movie screenings and DJs
◾️ The ability to go to other games pic.twitter.com/ZCAZPTchtw
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) June 16, 2020
Some of the less good parts of the whole experience: Players aren’t allowed to leave Disney at all, for any reason, or else they’ll need to self-isolate for 10 days. On top of that, players aren’t allowed to hang out with each other in their own hotel rooms, and can only interact while 6-feet apart in pre-approved areas. If someone catches another player breaking the rules, they’re strongly encouraged to snitch via an anonymous hotline:
Oh they snitchin snitchin😂😂😂😂 https://t.co/9LuCk2oNNB
— Donovan Mitchell (@spidadmitchell) June 17, 2020
It’ll be interesting to see how this all pans out, but any basketball is better than none! Shout out to Disney for making this happen, they must be making an even more absurd amount of money than they regularly do.