It’s looking more and more like the Champions Classic will take place in the Orlando bubble.
Last week, Jon Rothstein tweeted that Orlando was considering hosting the event, which includes Kentucky, Kansas, Duke, and Michigan State and was originally scheduled for November 10 in Chicago. This morning, Rothstein is reporting that the Champions Classic is one of eight early-season events that will happen in the bubble on the Walt Disney World campus, which has successfully hosted the NBA Playoffs this summer. Furthermore, as of now, fans are not expected to be allowed in.
Sources: Fans are not currently expected to be in attendance during any of these early season events in Orlando. https://t.co/7BoVqx5b5c
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) September 15, 2020
Back in August, John Calipari floated the idea of playing the Champions Classic in the bubble, saying he would be interested in taking on all three participants – Duke, Kansas, and Michigan State – round-robin style.
“With basketball, we’re talking 12 players, a party of 20. I think the bubble or a pod, it’s been shown to work now,” said Calipari. “Do you have multiple bubbles or pods? Do we go and play the Champions Classic in a bubble, without fans, and we play each other? We all play each other round-robin? We could walk away with three games [played].”
Fans not being allowed in sucks, but potentially playing Kansas, Michigan State, AND Duke? Let’s. Go.