The NBA, NHL, and MLS have all had negotiations about resuming their seasons at an MGM facility in Las Vegas, sources tell Outkick. The games absent of fans could take place at Delano, located within the Mandalay Bay complex, or Luxor.
There would be policies in place that wouldn’t allow attendees to leave the facility once they enter. Additionally, medical officials and testing would be on-site.
Adrian Wojnarowski reported that NBA has had talks with MGM but that Orlando has “gained momentum,” as some “influential veteran players” have expressed concerns about the temptations of Vegas if/when the city opens up to tourists. Outkick has learned that LeBron James is one of those vets who has shared those concerns, and that he prefers restarting the season at Disney World in Orlando. Shams Charania, of The Athletic and Stadium, reported Wednesday Disney has already offered up its property to the NBA.
Yesterday, James disputed a report from CNBC that executives and agents wanted to cancel the season:
“Saw some reports about execs and agents wanting to cancel season??? That’s absolutely not true. Nobody I know saying anything like that,” James said on Twitter. “As soon as it’s safe we would like to finish our season. I’m ready and our team is ready. Nobody should be canceling anything.”
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman recently told Sportsnet the league is looking at a four-city plan to restart the 2019-20 season. The idea would be to play three games per day anywhere that isn’t a hot spot. League broadcast partners could be owed “credits against next season” if the NHL playoffs, where the bulk of the television revenue is made, are canceled, Bettman added.
Ryan Glasspiegel contributed reporting to this story.
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