Put Me in the Disney Bubble
According to an article published today by The Daily Beast, the NBA has trying to work out a solution for the media and the Disney “Bubble”. The NBA is currently finalizing a bunch of loose ends in regards to resuming an 8 game regular season before heading to the playoffs – all of which are taking place at Walt Disney World in Florida.
The Daily Beast obtained an NBA Beat Writers Association memo that states the media will be locked in the bubble, much like the players, if they are in attendance at Disney World.
Josh Robbins, President of the Professional Basketball Writers Association covered the following in an email to writers on June 3rd.
The email, which was sent to all PBWA members on June 3 and labeled “an off-the-record communication not to be reported on in any form,” stressed that negotiations were ongoing and subject to change. For the moment, however, it revealed that the NBA plans to divide the press into two distinct “tiers.” The first, smaller tier would reside “in the bubble,” Robbins wrote. Once they are brought into this contained environment, first-tier reporters would be tested daily, and permitted to interact with players and coaches. “This group will have the most access,” he added, “but will work under far greater restrictions than we are used to under normal conditions.” They would not be allowed to re-enter if they break quarantine at any point over the months-long resumption of play.
Okay so what about “Tier 2”?
Members of the press would be fed, though their housing expenses would not be covered by the NBA nor their Disney hosts, making the price tag “cost-prohibitive for most outlets,” the memo stated. Those reporters who work for media companies unable to shoulder this expense or those unwilling to be separated from their families for that length of time would be shunted into the larger, second tier. These reporters would be allowed to attend the games in person, but would not be allowed onto the Disney/ESPN campus. “In person, face-to-face interactions” with any players, coaches, or team staff would be prohibited altogether.
Okay so obviously none of this is ideal. We have to give Josh Robbins a break. He reportedly said that himself in his memo. I agree. It sucks for beat reporters that would have to front their costs and it sucks for legit reporters to be locked away for months on end away from their families and home to work. Totally get it.
But I also want to be first to say: I will 100% pay my own way to be locked in Disney World for the NBA playoffs. If they need boots on the ground, The Liberty Line will be there.
It’s literally my dream scenario. I get that media companies and actual basketball writers won’t enjoy it, but I sure would. I will dress up like Cinderella, talk like Stitch, walk on all fours like Pluto, and sing “It’s a Small World” until I can’t breathe if that’s what they want. Let me in the bubble.
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Side Note: Did you know that Disney Twitter is called Diz Twitter? I did.
If you need media coverage and the big boys at the top don’t want to send their guys, tag us in. We’re ready to go.