NBA, NBPA finalize plan for restart; eight game regular season schedule announced Friday night

The NBA and NBPA have officially announced that they have finalized their plan for the season’s return-to-play at Walt Disney World in Orlando.

The venues for the remaining games that tip-off on July 30 will include the Arena, the Field House and Visa Athletic Center at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

The schedule for the eight “seeding games” for the 22 teams participating in the restart will be announced Friday night.

The NBA and NBPA also agreed on health and safety protocols that will govern the resumption of the season.

The goal of the season restart will be to find tangible and sustainable ways to address racial inequality across the country, according to the press release.

“We have worked together with the Players Association to establish a restart plan that prioritizes health and safety, preserves competitive fairness and provides a platform to address social justice issues,” said NBA Commissioner Adam Silver.  “We are grateful to our longtime collaborator Disney for its role in playing host and making this return to play possible, and we also thank the public health officials and infectious disease specialists who helped guide the creation of comprehensive medical protocols and protections.”

“It is very exciting to officially announce the restart of the 2019-2020 season,” said NBPA Executive Director Michele Roberts. “It has taken true collaboration between the League and the Union. Additionally, our platform in Orlando presents a unique opportunity to extend the ongoing fight against systemic racism and police brutality in this country.  We will continue to work with our players and the League to develop specific plans in Orlando as well as long-term initiatives to bring about real change on these issues.”

Here is a look at the details of the return-to-play format laid out by the NBA in a Twitter thread: