ESPN cancels plans to host 8 college men’s basketball events in Orlando bubble


ESPN cancels plans to host eight of its men’s college basketball events at a unique Orlando location.ESPN had planned to move eight of its 10 non-conference events to the ESPN Wide World of Sports property at Walt Disney World in Orlando, including the Champions Classic, Charleston Classic, Myrtle Beach Invitational, NIT Season Tip-Off, Wooden Legacy, Orlando Invitational, Jimmy V Classic and Diamond Head Classic.

The ESPN Wide World of Sports was the site of the NBA bubble.

“ESPN Events has set out to create a secure environment for teams to participate in the start-of-season events in Orlando,” an official statement from ESPN said. “Based on some challenges related to the test protocols, we have chosen to resume these tournaments during the 2021-2022 season. ”

The challenges with the testing protocols primarily relate to re-testing players who had previously tested positive for the coronavirus and who were eliminated. The protocols for a player who tested positive in the Orlando bubble were another key point of discussion.

The bubble was to last from November 25 to early December, highlighted by the Champions Classic and the Jimmy V Classic. While the other six events are simply set to resume in 2021, there is hope for the Champions Classic and Jimmy V Classic to move to a different location for this season, sources have told ESPN. The Champions Classic features Michigan State vs. Duke and Kansas vs. Kentucky, while Jimmy V is expected to feature Baylor vs. Illinois and Gonzaga vs. Tennessee.


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