Co-owner of Milwaukee Bucks, Mark Lasry, said the National Basketball Association will continue to implement a plan to resume games in Orlando next month, despite a recent increase in the number of Covid-19 cases in Florida.
“We’ll see what happens over the next two weeks,” Lasry told CNBC’s Half-Report on Thursday. He added that for “players who do not want to leave, I fully respect this,” but also said about his team that “each of our guys will be down there.”
Across the country, cases of coronavirus continue to grow in states that first began their re-discoveries. Florida, Texas, and California, three of the largest US economies, recently reported a record number of new cases.
In addition, Disney employees from Florida asked the company and local government officials to reconsider opening Disney World next month. The NBA plans to spend the rest of the season at Disney World. Disney is still planning to open, as planned, as of Thursday
As Coronavirus cases are increasing in Florida, more than 10,000 people have signed an online petition. It is unclear whether all recipients are Disney employees. In the petition itself there is no mention of any affiliation with the workers’ union.
When asked if he feels that the NBA will restart, Lasry replied: “Yes, absolutely.”
The NBA has not officially released a statement that the season will resume, but hopes to do so this week if it settles the remaining issues related to the agreement with the National Basketball Association, including when families will be allowed to join NBA players. Disney bubble.
On June 5, the NBA approved a plan to resume the season, which, according to Lasri, “will still be in order.” The league will send 22 teams to a closed environment in Orlando, and the season will resume on July 31.
Each team will play eight games of the regular season before entering full tack in four rounds of the playoffs. The season will end no later than October 12.