As major sports continue to make a comeback in the midst of a pandemic, one thing seems to be staying true: a bubble is the most practical way to ensure the safety of players.
MLB has struggled with several COVID-19 explosions, most recently within the St. Louis organization. Louis Cardinals, after the shortened season started last month. In contrast, the NBA reported only a few cases in its early weeks in Orlando while the NHL confirmed Monday that there were zero positive cases after the teams arrived in Canada for the season after last week.
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The difference comes down to the NHL and NBA deciding to keep players in a bubble to limit exposure to the coronavirus while the MLB chooses to monitor players̵7; health instead.
The set example has raised the question of whether the NFL should implement a bubble with the season just a few weeks away, but according to Minsk Vikings general manager Rick Spielman, this is not even an option.
“We can not ask players to stay in a hotel room, so this is a collectively negotiated deal,” Spielman told the Saint Paul Pioneer Press on Monday.
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Coach chairman Mike Zimmer told the newspaper that logically the Vikings could quarantine their players, having a hotel right next to the Twin Orthopedic Performance Center in Minn.
“With our facilities here, we could keep our boys in a bubble,” he said. “We have so much space and hotel right next to us, but unfortunately those are not the rules.”
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Not surprisingly, the deal suggests the players were against a bubble given the length of the season. The MLB players had expressed their opinion against the game in a bubble when the Players Association and the championship were negotiating the season with 60 games. The NBA and NHL, however, were at the end of their seasons when the pandemic struck.