- Hosting NBA games in Las Vegas can be a likely scenario
- MGM steps forward with an intriguing proposal to the NBA
- Mandalay Bay Resort, MGM’s proposal centrepiece
- MGM proposes, “The athletes would be joined by their families, league, and broadcast media employees, as well as the staff and vendors…”
- MGM recently hires a health and safety consultant
As it seems, Las Vegas might be very close to hosting the play-offs of the 2019-2020 NBA season.
Earlier in March, the NBA halted its season in response to the coronavirus spreading out. Commissioner Adam Silver decided not to postpone the season after having the intent to cancel it entirely.
Hosting NBA games in Las Vegas seem to be a likely scenario, especially since the plan is to jump straight into altered playoffs while keeping players quarantined in one city.
It is noteworthy to mention that this scenario will have teams perform in neutral locations without fans in attendance.
MGM Resorts presented a proposal expressing their full support to an NBA return scenario for they strongly believe that Nevada is the most realistic landing spot for a quarantined NBA.
“MGM Resorts International, the company that has ownership stakes in more than a dozen hotel-casinos in Las Vegas, has pitched several sports leagues, including the NBA, WNBA, NHL, and MLS, on an audacious proposal to house their athletes and necessary support staff to hold their seasons on a quarantined block on the Las Vegas Strip,” The New York Times.
MGM steps forward with an intriguing proposal
“According to a proposal deck sent to the NBA and the WNBA, MGM envisions a fully quarantined campus, essentially one full block of the Las Vegas Strip, where players would live and play out whatever schedule the leagues want.”
MGM further proposes, “The athletes would be joined by their families, league, and broadcast media employees, as well as the staff and vendors needed to serve them, with access to lounges, spas, restaurants, and all the other perks the resorts offer.”
The centrepiece of the proposal to the NBA is the Mandalay Bay Resort, which has 4,700 rooms at three connected hotels at the southern end of the Las Vegas Strip.
So far MGM’s proposal seems very solid except for one factor which has to do with coronavirus testing capabilities.
The full health and safety procedures necessary are not fully laid out yet but they are expected to be very extensive.
According to the proposal, “Any person entering the integrated resort would have to go through agreed health, safety and quarantine protocols. They could be required to remain in the integrated resort for the entirety of their stay.”
Even though, getting testing supplies for players league operators will be the main factor determining the return of the NBA.
MGM recently hired a health and safety consultant as an adviser since they have plans to secure all necessary testing equipment.
Having said so, unless MGM can manage to secure hundreds of thousands of testing kits it will be difficult to consider Vegas.