As big sports continue to make a comeback amid a pandemic, one thing seems to be true: A bubble is the most convenient way to keep players safe.
MLB has been plagued by several outbreaks of COVID-19, most recently within the organization of the Saint Louis Cardinals, since the abridged season began last month. In contrast, the NBA only announced a handful of cases in its first few weeks in Orlando while the NHL confirmed on Monday that there have been no positive cases since the teams arrived in Canada for the playoffs. playoffs last week.
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The difference comes down to the fact that the NHL and NBA choose to keep players in a bubble to limit exposure to the coronavirus while MLB choose to monitor player health.
The example given raised the question of whether the NFL should implement a bubble with the season just a few weeks away, but according to Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman, that’s not even an option.
“We couldn’t require players to stay in a hotel room, so it’s a collectively negotiated deal,” Spielman told the St. Paul Pioneer Press Monday.
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Head coach Mike Zimmer told the newspaper that logistically the Vikings could place their players in quarantine, having a hotel right next to the Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center in Eagan, Minn.
“With our facilities here we could keep our guys in a bubble,” he said. “We have so much space and the hotel right next to us, but unfortunately these are not the rules. ”
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Unsurprisingly, the deal suggests that players were against a bubble given the length of the season. MLB players had spoken out against playing in a bubble when the Players Association and the league negotiated the 60-game season, but the NBA and NHL were at the end of their seasons when the pandemic hit. hit.