As the Los Angeles Lakers were crowned NBA Champions and LeBron James lifted his fourth Championship, the NBA were also celebrating the successful execution of a three month-long bio-secure bubble in Disney World that didn’t return a single positive coronavirus test once.
The bubble was created at Disney World Orlando in ESPN’s Wide World of Sports Complex on 17th June and concluded on 11th October as the Lakers took down the Miami Heat in the Finals.
Throughout that time, a max of 814 players stayed within the bubble as well as a host of NBA officials, support staff, media and doctors. During the later stages of the Playoffs, after some teams had returned home, players were allowed to invite a total of 17 (per team) family members to join.
No positive coronavirus test were found at any time. The NBA was also one of the first major sports to shutdown at the start of the pandemic, and was hailed at the time for its fast response.
The success comes as the NFL and MLB battles with a string of positive tests, postponed or cancelled games and schedule conflicts without a bubble.