The NFL’s COVID-19 experience unfolded, as a source explained to PFT on Saturday night, like an average golfer who somehow managed to get a bet on each of the first three holes of the course. Despite the early successes, a triple bogey was always inevitable.
The triple bogey has now arrived.
The outbreak in Tennessee, followed by potential outbreaks with the Patriots and Saints, shows that a soft bubble was never going to work. Each evening, with each team, around 170 essential players, coaches and employees return home. “It’s 170 different stories,” as one source put it. ” Every night. ”
It was inevitable that these 170 people per team would end up being exposed to the virus while they were away from the facility, or by going to a place they should not have gone (for example, the Raiders) – or simply by living with someone who has been exposed to the virus at work, school, the store, etc.
That’s why a soft bubble was never going to work. And that’s why the only way to save the 2020 NFL season is to plunge all teams into a hard local bubble, keeping everyone essential to the operation in a hotel so those 170 stories don’t unfold. , night after night, when players, coaches and other employees return home, are potentially exposed to the virus, and then return to work.
The NFL has been willing to create 32 hard bubbles. The NFL Players Association has been unwilling to do so. Unless the NFLPA changes its position immediately, the games will be lost, game checks will be lost, and the season will potentially be brought to a halt in its tracks.