Adam Silver and the NBA Set a Towering Example for Other Major Leagues in the US

Published 07/29/2020, 1:21 PM EDT


It’s nearly been a month since NBA athletes arrived at the Orlando bubble. The whole idea of it was overwhelming when Commissioner Adam Silver announced the restart schedule.

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But from what we have seen so far, the athletes are safer inside the bubble than outside.

There are hundreds of members including players and coaches who are following the specified guidelines inside the bubble. When the initial idea was proposed, many thought that it would be impossible to contain everyone inside a closed space and that it would lead to several roadblocks.

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However, so far we have seen nothing but smooth sailing. 

The league stands out with its mammoth arrangements inside the bubble

The league is doing a mega-job of hosting matches amid a global pandemic. As much as we love sports, resuming a major sporting event during a time like this is no simple task.

The NBA is spending millions each day to maintain hygiene inside the bubble and protect the players. 

Players have to undergo mandatory testing on a daily basis, whether they like it or not. The league reported last week that none of its players tested positive for the virus. Amazing news indeed.

Moreover, Shams Charania of The Athletic provided an update on the current resting results as well.

“Sources: Zero NBA players have tested positive for coronavirus out of 344 tested at Orlando campus since last results were announced July 20,” Charania wrote.

This means that zero players tested positive for the virus in consecutive testing rounds. Is the NBA bubble free of the Coronavirus?

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NBA stands as a towering example for other major leagues

The efforts taken by the league are paying off in good numbers at the moment. A well-organized restart, aided by providing the players with ample entertainment, is most certainly the way to go! However, the MLB restart was not so elegant. 

Unlike the NBA and the MLS (Major League Soccer), the MLB has opted for a different approach, the consequences of which are now manifesting themselves.

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The MLB players are not gathered and accommodated in a single location. Instead, teams can host games at their home ballparks. 

This risky decision has now affected the league largely. Two games were postponed just a couple of days ago after ten members of the Miami Marlins tested positive before their game against the Baltimore Orioles.

Though the season has not come to a halt, the MLB received criticism for its guidelines of making players travel across the country for games.

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On the other hand, the NBA is doing a tremendous job of maintaining zero COVID-19 cases among the players who are inside the bubble.

SOURCE: Shams Charania- Twitter, RTE.com

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Arjun Athreya

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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