Following the NBA’s success in the bubble, some college basketball events could be heading to Disney World this fall.
According to CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein and ESPN’s Jeff Borzello, Orlando is expected to host at least eight college basketball tournaments beginning on Nov. 25 and running through the first two weeks of the season. The activity in Orlando will reportedly take place at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex and include the Champions Classic, Jimmy V Classic, Preseason NIT, Orlando Invitational, Myrtle Beach Invitational, Charleston Classic, Wooden Legacy and the Diamond Head Classic.
Specific dates for the events are not yet set, but the Champions Classic—which traditionally kicks off the season—is more likely to occur during the second week of the proposed window in Orlando, according to Borzello.
No fans are expected to attend any of the tournaments, reports Rothstein.
The reported plan to hold all eight events in Orlando comes after the NBA has found success with its bubble in the same venue. The NBA resumed its regular season with 22 teams in late July and is in the midst of its playoffs.
According to Rothstein, more games “may also be added at a later date in an effort to give the programs in Orlando opportunities to expand their respective non-conference inventory.”
Borzello reports that there is the potential for “crossover” games, where teams from different events could play against one another beyond their scheduled tournaments.
No new teams will be recruited to enter the bubble outside those that have already been scheduled.
The 2020–21 college basketball is set to begin on Nov. 25.