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NBA approves late July restart with 22 teams at Disney World

Getty Images G League season cancelledMegogo nets exclusive NBA rights in Russia from next season through to 2023The National Basketball Association (NBA) has approved to restart the 2019/20 season as a 22-team format with a “tentative” start date of 31st July. The NBA board of governors released a statement on 4th June following a meeting in New York, with the Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando set to be used as a single site to house all 22 teams, including practice sessions and matches. Teams currently in the eight play-off places in both the Eastern and Western Conferences will return alongside the six sides which are six games or fewer from the eighth-seeded franchises. “The board’s approval of the restart format is a necessary step toward resuming the NBA season,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement. “While the Covid-19 pandemic presents formidable challenges, we are hopeful of finishing the season in a safe and responsible manner based on strict protocols now being finalised with public health officials and medical experts. “We also recognise that as we prepare to resume play, our society is reeling from recent tragedies of racial violence and injustice, and we will continue to work closely with our teams and players to use our collective resources and influence to address these issues in very real and concrete ways.

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