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NBA owners approve season restart at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida on July 31

The NBA has invited 22 teams to the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex on the Disney campus — teams will play eight regular season games before the playoffs begin

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By Weston Blasi, MarketWatch


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LeBron James during the 2019 NBA All-Star game in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The NBA is back.

The NBA’s Board of Governors has approved a 22-team format for restarting the league season in late July at the Disney campus near Orlando, Florida, another major step toward getting teams back onto the court and playing games again, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

The season restart was approved by a 29-1 vote for league owners.

The Western Conference will have 13 teams going to Disney /zigman2/quotes/203410047/composite DIS +2.67%  , and the Eastern Conference will have nine. The NBA playoffs usually include the top 16 teams. For this abbreviated season, it will include the top 22. That means the following six teams will make the playoffs: Memphis, Portland, New Orleans, Sacramento, San Antonio, Phoenix and Washington, according to ESPN.

Thursday’s decision also means that the seasons for Atlanta, Cleveland, New York, Golden State, Minnesota, Detroit, Chicago and Charlotte are over. The Knicks will miss the playoffs for the seventh consecutive season, the third-longest current drought in the league behind Sacramento and Phoenix — who still have chances of getting into the playoffs this season.

See also: Michael Jordan and many current NBA players express their anger and frustration over the death of George Floyd

The ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex is a 255-acre campus with multiple arenas that could host games simultaneously and has been home to, among other things, the Jr. NBA World Championship in recent years. ESPN, one of the NBA’s broadcast partners, is primarily owned by Disney.

The Athletic is reporting that the scheduled date for the league to resume play is July 31 . While no official announcements have been about the presence of fans, most reporting on the resumption of sports indicates fans will not be present.

See also: 5 health guidelines that need to be in place for sports to return

The NBA suspended its season on March 11 after Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz became the first player in the league to test positive for the coronavirus.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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Weston Blasi is a reporter. You can follow him on Twitter @WestonBlasi.

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