Few places could offer the 22 teams and NBA staff as many playing facilities, rooms and amenities with minimal exposure to the public. The NBA’s multiyear TV contract with ESPN – owned by Disney – probably didn’t hurt either.
The resort’s 220-acre ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex has more than a dozen practice courts and enough game-quality courts to play and broadcast three games at once, though that’s not currently planned…
Family and guests won’t be welcomed to the resort until the seeding games and first round of the playoffs are completed.
That keeps potentially infected guests outside the NBA’s bubble for more than seven weeks. During that time, more than half of the invited teams will be eliminated in the seeding round or playoffs.