Success from the NBA bubble


Point guard Luka Doncic hits the game winner against Clippers Guard Reggie Jackson.

Jaden Scamehorn, Memorial staff writer

The National Basketball Association (NBA) Bubble began July 30 with many worried about how it would work Today, the playoffs are underway with games being played daily.

 The NBA proposed the idea that one location would be used to house players and staff, and play seeding games for the playoffs. Players and staff had to quarantine and test several times before being allowed to enter the Bubble.

 If players wanted to leave the Bubble they would have to quarantine and test two times before they would be allowed back on campus. Everything would be provided for players, food, entertainment, haircuts and many more essentials. 

The NBA Restart  has been a complete success with no tests so far, giving fans all over the world entertaining live sports to watch during this global pandemic.

Fans were not only worried about the spread of COVID-19, they were also worried about players’ skill levels. Seeding games did not disappoint, the teams provided amazing games to watch with plenty of overtime games, buzzer beaters and primetime performances. 

Bubble games feel like normal NBA games, a virtual crowd was added, with huge video boards all around the court.

This begs the question, should other professional sports leagues use the NBA Bubble as a blueprint for success?

The MLB has also attempted to play a modified season. Instead of keeping players under quarantine, they have trusted the players to self quarantine.

Thus far, the MLB has had several games postponed with several players testing positive for COVID-19. The MLB is currently attempting to fix their mistakes in the best way they can but without a bubble format, hope is being lost. 

The NFL season is kicking off Sept. 10 with a pretty normal feel to it. Fans are still being allowed in stadiums in reduced numbers, which is decided by each team. 

Concerns as to how well the NFL season will work have begun to arise, as, football is a contact sport with players constantly touching each other. 

One positive test for a player and it could be game over. However, the NFL remains very optimistic, considering there have been very few positive tests all around the league.

The college football world has taken a very interesting turn, both the Big 10 and Pac 12 voted to cancel all fall sports. 

They plan to play a season in early winter or spring which will be very interesting. Would a full capacity stadium be feasible during this time? 

What about the College Football Playoff? Would it be postponed or played without any Big 10 or Pac 12 teams?

Four Power Five conferences remain, The Big 12, SEC, ACC and AAC all plan to play conference only games. The only exception to this would be the Big 12 which plans to have each team play one non-conference game the opening week.

Each team has been able to decide how many fans are allowed in stadiums. Whether it’s none, a percentage of fan capacity or more. Colleges are advised to seek approval from professionals on fan attendance.. 

The University of Oklahoma has opened up its stadium with 25 percent capacity. Redshirt freshman Spencer Rattler was named the starting quarterback for the Sooners earlier this week, which has turned heads from all over the country questioning the level of this young quarterback’s game. 

 NBA Bubble Games are loud and energetic giving both fans and players the same entertaining experience, and with that, sports are being given a new light and hope during this global pandemic. 

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