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Raptors discussing playing season in Tampa if Toronto is ruled out

Raptors discussing playing season in Tampa if Toronto is ruled out

The Toronto Raptors are considering Tampa, Fla., as a possibility to be their “home” for the 2020-21 NBA season, according to multiple reports.

The Raptors are still hoping to play in Toronto but coronavirus regulations and Canadian travel restrictions may rule that out.

The Raptors reportedly have been discussing a plan to play games at Amalie Arena since late October.

“Ideally, the Raptors are able to play their upcoming season in Toronto, but should that not be possible, we would have a strong interest in working to successfully meet and exceed their expectations as an alternative host,” said Rob Higgins, the executive director of the Tampa Bay Sports Commission. “We’ve enjoyed our preliminary conversations with their organization and stand ready to assist if needed.”

The 72-game NBA season is slated to start on Dec. 22 with training camps scheduled to open on Dec. 1. That doesn’t leave the Raptors with a lot of time to sort out possibilities.

Other cities mentioned as a possible home are Buffalo, Kansas City, Louisville, Nashville and Newark, N.J. The Toronto Blue Jays used nearby Buffalo as their temporary home during the Major League Baseball season.


Source : Field Level Media Link