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Talk about being in cahoots. Sony and Disney just made major changes on their release date calendars, particularly among their Marvel properties. Sony announced that they were moving their Spider-Man: Homecoming threequel to Nov. 5, 2021 instead of keeping their original July 16 date next year. Disney then announced that Sam Raimi’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness would no longer be on Nov. 5, 2021, rather spring to March 25, 2022. Remember, Disney is co-financing the next Tom Holland Sony Spider-Man movie at 25%. Also, he’ll appear in another Disney Marvel movie.
The National Basketball Association said Saturday that it was “engaged in exploratory conversations” withabout a plan to resume its 2019-2020 season, the latest in a parade of efforts by big sports leagues and media companies to get live games in play
The two parties are exploring the potential to holdgames at Walt Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex, a vast facility located in the company’s Disney World complex near Orlando, Mike Bass, the league’s chief communications officer, said in a statement. Under the plan, the Disney property would be utilized as “a single site for an NBA campus for games, practices and housing.” The season, which was suspended in March, could potentially resume in late July.
Knicks keep general manager Scott Perry for next season
NEW YORK — Scott Perry will remain general manager of the New York Knicks after agreeing to a new one-year deal with the team Wednesday. Perry ran the team's basketball operations after Steve Mills was fired as president in February. Longtime player agent Leon Rose was hired to replace Mills on March 2, shortly before the NBA season was suspended because of the virus outbreak. Rose decided that his first big move would be to keep Perry for next season. The Knicks and Perry had a mutual option on his contract that needed to be decided by May 1.
The spokesman said the league was “working with public health experts and government officials on a comprehensive set of guidelines to ensure that appropriate medical protocols and protections are in place.”
Other sports have unveiled plans to return to the field. Fox last weekend broadcast the first Nascar race to take place in weeks, with no fans allowed in the stands. The PGA Tour intends to launch new matches in June. But those activities do not require a large group of players to come in close contact with one another to facilitate game play. Basketball – as well as hockey, football and baseball – does.
Disney is particularly attuned to the vicissitudes of restoring the NBA to the court. ESPN, one of the main pillars of Disney’s business, holds rights to broadcast NBA games, along with AT&T’s WarnerMedia. Disney’s ABC benefits each June by airing the highly-watched NBA Finals. Disney has said the lack of live sports matches represents a significant factor in its ability to generate live viewership and capture advertising dollars.
NBA executives calling to cancel basketball season
More time for next season and a more structured offseason are among desires of executives and agents.LeBron James — who originally shunned the idea of playing without fans — denies that cancellation is on the table. Despite the billions the league stands to lose and long-lasting salary cap implications, league sources told CNBC that liability and logistics are an even larger hindrance. No uniform idea exists and the league continues to seek anyone — Brad Stevens included — with new ones.
The ESPN complex sits on 220 acres and includes three different indoor arenas. A spokeswoman for Disney World could not be reached for immediate comment on how the operation might work with the NBA.
Several big leagues are mulling plans to resume play, or hold as full a season as possible. There is speculation that Major League Baseball will attempt to hold a shorter-than-usual season, and.
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