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Wisconsin pro sports teams inching closer to return

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MADISON (WKOW) -- The Milwaukee Bucks are planning to board a plane Thursday to enter the NBA 'Bubble' in Orlando. General Manager Jon Horst confirming at least one member of the 35-person travel party may not depart Thursday. He refused to specify if a positive COVID-19 test to a player or staff member is the reason for uncertainty.

"It's fair to assume that probably we won't leave in it's entire group. Although, it's not completely clear yet."

The Bucks shut down their practice facility Sunday. Now, they'll be living for as many as three months on the Disney World campus. The NBA is isolating the remaining teams in an attempt to finish the season.

"The NBA has thought of everything here," Horst says of the extensive planning. "It doesn't mean it's going to work. It just means that I truly believe if it is going to work, we have the best chance of doing it there."

Meanwhile, back in Milwaukee, the Brewers ramping up for their July 24th season opener with a short scrimmage. Until now, the club had been working out in smaller groups.

"They will be together today, in different clubhouses but together, on the field," says manager Craig Counsell. "We're going to gradually get to talk to all of your teammates."

The players also getting a taste of the new reality of playing in an empty Major League ballpark.

"You can get adrenaline from a situation you may come in. For me, that's also one of the things as well. The fans add on to that. So, it's really just staying within yourself and really building the adrenaline just through the situation," explains pitcher Josh Hader.

The Brewers are taking this unique process one step at a time.

"What a lot of this season is turning into is that there's a group of guys here and we're going to have to really take care of each other," adds Counsell.

The Packers have not publicized finalized details about training camp. However, president Mark Murphy wrote in a blog this weekend the plan is for rookies to begin camp on July 21 with veterans joining in on July 28.

Lance Veeser

Sports Director, 27 News

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