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The NBA is the National Basketball Association. It is the most popular basketball league in the world. It is in the US. The NBA has not been playing because of Covid-19. They had to stop playing games before they finished their season. The NBA has now made a plan to start playing games again on July 30.

The NBA has made many changes to their games. All of their games will be played at Disneyworld in Florida. Not all teams are allowed to play. Players and workers are not allowed to travel outside of the area. The new changes mean that games won’t have an audience. Instead, there will be a virtual audience. People can be shown in the audience by using their webcams. Around 300 people will be able to be seen watching the game. Players will be able to see and hear them. Big screens around the game will show the people watching from their homes.

Many sports have struggled with how to continue playing. Baseball teams in South Korea put pictures of people in the seats at their games. In Japan, one team used dancing robots instead of people. Although things are different, many people are happy they can watch sports again.

Difficult words

League (n): A group of sports teams/clubs.

Audience (n): A group of people watching the same thing.

Virtual (adj): Something done over a computer.

Webcam (n): A computer camera.

Struggle (v): To have a hard or difficult time.

Activities

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American English: 

Match the Synonym!

 1. League  A. Through a computer.
 2. Audience  B. Camera
 3. Virtual  C. Sports group.
 4. Webcam  D. Difficult
 5. Struggle  E. People watching.

True or False?

1. The NBA is a baseball league. T / F

2.  The NBA stopped playing games because of Covid-19. T / F

3. The season was finished when the NBA stopped playing. T / F

4. All of the new NBA games will be in Florida. T / F

5. People will not be able to go to the new NBA games. T / F

Unscramble the sentence!

1. US / in / the / It / is

2. plan / has / The / NBA / now / made / a

3. many / changes / The NBA / made / has

4. the / shown / in / can / People / be / seats

5. have / struggled / Many / sports

Listening and Vocabulary

Listen to the article and fill in the words OR practice vocabulary and fill in the words.

British English: Coming Soon!

American English: 

Watching Allowed Popular
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The NBA is the National Basketball Association. It is the most (1)___________ basketball league in the world. It is in the US. The NBA has not been playing because of Covid-19. They had to stop playing games before they finished their season. The NBA has now made a plan to (2)_________ playing games again on July 30.

The NBA has made many changes to their games. All of their games will be played at Disneyworld in Florida. Not all teams are (3)___________ to play. Players and workers are not allowed to travel outside of the area. The new changes mean that games won’t have an audience. Instead, there will be a virtual audience. People can be shown in the audience by using their webcams. Around 300 people will be able to be seen watching the game. Players will be able to see and hear them. Big screens around the game will show the people (4)_____________ from their homes.

Many sports have struggled with how to (5)____________ playing. Baseball teams in South Korea put pictures of people in the seats at their games. In Japan, one team used dancing robots instead of people. Although things are different, many people are happy they can watch sports (6)_________.

Conversation Questions

Take turns speaking with a partner or try to answer on your own:

1. Did you find this article interesting? Why or why not?
2. Did you learn anything new from this article? If so, what?
3. What do you think of this story?
4. What do you know about the NBA?
5. Is basketball popular in your country?
6. What is the most-watched sport in your country?
7. What has happened to sports events in your country during Covid-19?
8. Do you like watching sports?
9. Have any major sports games been cancelled in your country?
10. What do you think about the NBA’s plans for virtual fans?
11. Do you think fans are necessary for live games?
12. Have you ever been to a professional sports game?
13. Do you agree with the NBA finishing their season during the pandemic?
14. Do you think it is possible to safely allow people to attend sports games these days?
15. Would you go to a public event like a sports game or concert now?
16. What do you think about the Olympics being cancelled?
17. Do you think the Olympics will still happen in 2021?
18. Is it important for sports to start again?
19. Have you been disappointed by any televised events being cancelled because of Covid-19?
20. Have any famous athletes tested positive for Covid-19 in your country?