Alex Martins Rumors
Magic CEO Alex Martins said during a media session Monday that the first five regular-season games would feature a capacity of closer to 2,000 to allow fans to adjust to the new health and safety protocols outlined by the NBA, the CDC, AdventHealth and local health officials. “The most important thing and priority for us as an organization going into this season is the health and safety of our fans, our players, our coaches our staff, and thus the reason for all these protocols and the many protocols that we’re following from the NBA,” Martins said.
Martins said the number is close to the 25% maximum capacity being allowed by the NBA. From there, the Magic began to study the configurations of Amway and whether the arena would safely accommodate everyone for a game. Fans wanting to attend a game must go through a pre-arrival screening using a health pass app by CLEAR. During games, face coverings will be required at all times and physical distancing will be in place throughout the arena.
“Jimmy Hewitt is the reason the Magic and professional sports exist in Orlando,” Magic Chief Executive Officer Alex Martins said in a statement released by the team and published on the Magic’s website. “It was Jimmy’s belief, perseverance, community spirit and vision that ‘Orlando is the place to be,’ which brought NBA basketball to Orlando and Central Florida. He is truly the founding father of the Orlando Magic and for that we will be eternally grateful. He was like a father to all Magic fans and we will miss him dearly.”
Magic CEO Alex Martins told The Athletic the pandemic made it more difficult to finalize bid packages and finalize decisions. But Martins said the project has incurred only a “minor delay.” Bordered by W. Pine Street, S. Division Ave., W. Central Blvd. and S. Terry Ave., the new facility will be built on a 3.8-acre plot between Amway Center and Exploria Stadium, the home of MLS’ Orlando City franchise and the NWSL’s Orlando Pride franchise.
Neumann, Adubato and Colón worked a total of 66 seasons as Magic broadcasters. “Our business, as well as many others like us, continue to be impacted by the pandemic,” Magic CEO Alex Martins said in a statement to The Athletic. “We have had to make some very hard business decisions in these unprecedented times, and we made the difficult decision to reorganize our efforts in regard to radio. Moving forward we will simulcast our radio and television game broadcasts. To those impacted, we’ve provided fair severance, outplacement services and health and wellness options.
The Orlando Magic announced today a new, multi-year partnership extension with Insurance Office of America (IOA) as the insurance company joins the franchise as a “Champions of the Community” (COTC) partner. The COTC designation represents an elite tier of brands committed to the local community. “The Orlando Magic are thrilled to have Insurance Office of America join our COTC partnership family,” said Magic CEO Alex Martins. “The Magic and IOA have a long, successful history together and share a commitment to the Central Florida community and placing the customer first. We look forward to working with them to achieve their goals as we strive to be world champions on and off the court.”