Masai Ujiri, the staff’s president of basketball operations, stated the Raptors labored with Canadian public well being officers on the native, provincial and federal degree to develop a plan that might permit the staff to play the 2020-21 season at Scotiabank Area in Toronto.
“Finally, the present public well being scenario dealing with Canadians, mixed with the pressing want to find out the place we are going to play means that we’ll start our 2020-21 season in Tampa, Florida,” Ujiri stated.
In July, the Canadian authorities denied permission for Main League Baseball’s Toronto Blue Jays to host video games at their dwelling ballpark Rogers Centre in Toronto as a result of comparable journey restrictions. The Blue Jays performed their dwelling video games at Sahlen Discipline in Buffalo, New York, throughout the shortened 2020 baseball season.
“We decide to persevering with our work collectively, planning for a secure return to play in Toronto,” Ujiri stated. “And as a corporation, we stay dedicated to doing all we will to advertise and display public well being measures to assist fight the unfold of COVID-19 in Canada.”
CNN has reached out to the league for remark.
The NBA’s 75th common season, shortened to 72 video games for every staff, is about to tipoff on Tuesday, December 22.