Fauci says football season will be hard to pull off unless players are in a bubble

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The NFL is still planning to start its season on time, with all 32 teams playing in their own stadiums. But Dr. Anthony Fauci is skeptical that’s going to work.

Fauci, one of the leading figures in the federal government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, told Dr. Sanjay Gupta of CNN that he thinks the NFL may need a “bubble” — like the NBA is planning with the entire league relocating to Orlando — if it’s going to make this season work.

“Unless players are essentially in a bubble – insulated from the community and they are tested nearly every day – it would be very hard to see how football is able to be played this fall,” Fauci said. “If there is a second wave, which is certainly a possibility and which would be complicated by the predictable flu season, football may not happen this year.”

Fauci’s comments serve as a stern warning to the NFL, that while its plan is to play a season as usual, it had better have a good backup plan.

75 responses to “Fauci says football season will be hard to pull off unless players are in a bubble

  1. The Doc is spot on, their is not going to be a 2020 college or pro football season, to think otherwise is just delusional at this point with infections rapidly rising. This is about saving lives!

    Stay healthy my friends!

  2. Fauci has been wrong about most of what he has said during and before the pandemic. “no need to wear a mask”, “don’t restrict travel from China”. I don’;t have any faith in anything Fauci says.

  3. Fauci has been wrong about everything and flip flops almost every day. Where is the bubble for the protesters? NFL will start ON TIME with fans in the stands u can book it.

  4. It way past time these clowns start telling the public the actual truth about Covid19.

    All they do is tell people to stay away but they don’t tell people any of the actual details they have known since last winter.

    If they want people to listen they need to come clean.

  5. And a “bubble” is going to be near impossible to do. Players would never agree to being isolated from their families for 5 months, and even if they did agree to it, some players would violate the rules and risk bringing the virus into the bubble.

    I hope this works out, because it’s fun talking about football again (Top 5 offenses this year: Houston, TB, KC, Baltimore, Dallas. Discuss!), but it’s going to be difficult. Really difficult.

  6. Obviously we all want there to be football this fall. However I’ve already prepared myself mentally to cope with the fact that whatever season they start, likely might not finish as planned.

    This will affect franchises differently. As a Dolphins fan viewing 2020 as yet another “learning” year with so many young players, I’m not too worried about the ramifications of an incomplete season.

    Fans in KC, Baltimore, Tenn, GB, SF, TB, NO and other cities with more at stake in 2020 will certainly view this different than I do.

    At the end of the day though, I still want my young guys on the field and learning through experience. I am just glad my QB isn’t a 30 something with a potential lost season but instead a guy I was hoping to redshirt anyway (Tua).

    All they can do is try and have a season……the rest is out of their hands.

  7. If there is one thing we have learned, there is little room for intelligence in the NFL.

    Thanks for trying anyway, Doctor.

  8. Vegas will have none of this….the games will go on. Test them every week then..

  9. “Fauci’s comments serve as a stern warning to the NFL, that while its plan is to play a season as usual, it had better have a good backup plan.”
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    Pretty sure the $15 Billion NFL business has been in constant daily talks with Fauci, CDC, WHO, etc. that it doesn’t need a “stern warning” from a public interview Fauci had with a news agency to know what’s going on.

    This holier-than-thou narrative is embarrassing. Just because they don’t tell the media about backup plans until NECESSARY doesn’t mean they don’t have every contingency accounted for.

  10. Dr’s tend overstate thier positions and it his job to be over cautious. We can’t hide forever so lets get on with life already.

  11. No matter what happens, Roger Goodell will still be paid his $50 million salary or whatever ridiculous number it is/

  12. I’ve been listening to Fauci since the 80s, when he was prominent in researching AIDs. He was reviled by everyone back then as well, in particular the gay/AIDs community. Most of them eventually came to realize he was one of few who actually knew what he was doing. Not 100% of the time, especially early on, but in the long run you could trust what he was doing and saying.
    Same thing with this pandemic.
    We all need to remember that this thing is NEW – it’s not the flu, SARs MERs, etc.. There’s an awful lot we still don’t know about it. We’re learning and Fauci is one reason why.
    IMO, Fauci is “THE MAN” when it comes to COVID19. Ignore him at your own risk; just wear a mask and wash your hands. You think that’s too much to ask? Then you just might need to take off that tin foil hat and those electrodes you’re wearing instead.

  13. Start the Football Season the first week of January 2021 , 12 games season, no preseason ,no bye weeks,, all games on Sunday !

  14. Fauchi is a virus researcher. It’s his whole life. His 15 minutes should be over. Didn’t see it coming, doesn’t know when it’s going to end but is sure of a second wave in October. Color me suspicious.

  15. I dont care what this guy thinks. Im ready to go to games. I would rather enjoy my life than to just sit around hide. Now . . . if this virus was a dangerous one and death rate was 105 plus, I can see where we shut the world down.

    Lets get on with life and sports. Push through this speedbump they call covid.

  16. For as smart as Dr Fauci is, he’s been wrong far too many times about this virus. People are done listening to the government about this. The NFL will play, with or without fans.

  17. I highly doubt the players are going to want to be in a “bubble” without their families etc for 16-20 weeks depending on how team does. I love watching football, but I can’t see this happening.

  18. why? I see the millions of minimum wage retail and grocery store workers still going to work with out their bubble as well as all the restaurant workers. Trash is still running this morning, road work still being done, all the doctors and nurses as well as all dentist offices are open. In FACT the country is 100 percent open to all workers SO WHY NOT SPORTS!?? Stop protecting the billionaires and millionaires! GET TO WORK OR THE REST OF US GET A FREE PASS AS WELL!

  19. psubeerman21 says:
    June 18, 2020 at 9:46 am
    And a “bubble” is going to be near impossible to do. Players would never agree to being isolated from their families for 5 months,

    ———

    We expect out young people in the military to do just that for far less money while in imminent danger. I think a bunch of guys making millions to play a game can cope with the hardship

  20. People complaining that Dr. Fauci didn’t know everything about this novel coronavirus from day 1 just don’t understand how science works.

    Many times, discovering how a biological entity works takes time. And frequently, scientists can be incorrect in their initial assessments of a natural phenomenon until new information, through research, comes to light.

    Fauci has made recommendations based on the best information that he’s had. As we know more about this virus, those recommendations may well change.

    I know people don’t like uncertainty, but that’s how science works. If you use scientific inquiry, you can never describe anything in the natural world with 100% certainty at any point in time.

  21. He said “if a second wave comes in November and December.” He isn’t saying that he feels the football season won’t or can’t be played. There are uncertain things about how bad things will be in November and December IF there is indeed a 2nd wave. That is what he is saying. There are ways to prevent a 2nd wave and those not wearing masks indoors when around groups of people are literally doing everything they can to produce a 2nd wave whether they are intelligent enough to realize it or not.

  22. The NFL has to be praying that they play. The issues that will arise from not playing are staggering…do they have to pay back money to the networks and ad partners…are players, coaches, GM’s contracts extended 1 year…is there no FA in 2021…do you draft in 2021…if so how poor will play be in 2021…not to mention the effect 0.00 revenue will have on the cap…

  23. If everybody just wore a mask when in public for the next month, then this nightmare would go away in time for the NFL season. Put your mask on.

  24. Don’t know is if I would place a lot of trust in Faucci! If you go back and look at his statements you will see he has been all over the place. Everything including medicine, mask, physical contact to the integrity of the WHO.

  25. So tired of the false equivalents.
    Places that sell food vs. football (or any sport; golf anyone?).
    Protest marches vs indoor political rallies or shows.
    Freedom to breathe vs. freedom to get a haircut.

    C’mon people.

  26. Fauci has been wrong his predictions for decades now. Time to move on from Dr. Doom and Gloom.

  27. It’s shocking how selfish and undisciplined so many Americans are. They act like wearing a mask to protect their fellow countrymen is some attack on them personally. They act like taking the time to learn the facts about covid-19 is offensive and would rather rely on misinformation and apathy.

    For the most part, other than when capitulating to Trump about masks (who still says they aren’t needed!) Fauci has been spot on and a great advocate for you all personally and our country as whole. History will be very honoring of his contribution to the American cause.

  28. have them play in canada where population density isnt as bad and covid is better contained

  29. harryglyphics says:
    June 18, 2020 at 11:08 am
    So tired of the false equivalents.
    Places that sell food vs. football (or any sport; golf anyone?).
    Protest marches vs indoor political rallies or shows.
    Freedom to breathe vs. freedom to get a haircut.

    C’mon people.

    ———–

    Let’s add some perspective:

    Hordes of people protesting and vandalizing stuff…..OK
    Going to the beach for a swim or purchasing paint……not OK.

    Got it

  30. There’s a lot of commenters on here who think the pandemic is made up or a hoax. They blame the experts for not predicting what will happen with 100 % accuracy.

    I’m sure these same people were disappointed the Dolphins won 5 games last year when they were picked to lose 16. They all knew that Tom Brady would become a Buc and Jameis Winston would throw 30 TDs and 30 picks.

    The truth is that the scientific predictions for the pandemic are a lot like the NFL season. The expectations for what will happen change as each week plays out. Its folly to demand perfection for predictions of the ENTIRE season.

  31. As I said yesterday… it will be almost impossible to play games in the NFL this season. The logistics are determined by the virus and not the owners or commissioner.

  32. thetooloftools says:
    June 18, 2020 at 11:36 am
    As I said yesterday… it will be almost impossible to play games in the NFL this season. The logistics are determined by the virus and not the owners or commissioner.

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    Wrong. They are determined by politicians

  33. Fauci comments really don’t matter. However, your talking about a contact sport with 90 or so players, many coaches, video techs, trainers, franchise employees, etc. To think that there won’t be cases of the virus and carriers of the virus is wishful thinking till a
    vaccine is developed. I really wish it didn’t happen but see no way that the NFL can play under any circumstances this season.

  34. I think there will be, as much as it pains me to see Brady playing in a Tampa Bay jersey.

    The death rate has dropped like 95% due to medical intervention and a weakening mutation. Just look at deaths this week as a % of confirmed cases 3 weeks prior. It went from 13% to 0.3%. Some of that is increased testing, but even that won’t account for half of it.

    we will be down to ZERO deaths and weak, mutated flu-level virus by July 31st, just like its brothers SARS and MERS

  35. He’s right. There are already players that are getting the virus and they aren’t even practicing or meeting.

  36. Let’s not stop the fear and hysteria narrative.

    There indeed might never be a vaccine, so we must adapt as best we can. The world can’t stop. Life must go on.

  37. HagemeisterPark says:
    June 18, 2020 at 10:16 am

    . . if this virus was a dangerous one and death rate was 105 plus, I can see where we shut the world down.

    ==================================================================

    More ‘Muricans have died in 4 months of Covid-19 than died in 14 months of combat it WW 1.

    How friggin dangerous do you need it to be?

  38. Have the small percentage that fit the mold for being susceptible to actual risk quarantined and let the rest move on with their lives. Everything is being blown out of proportion these days. Too many people with nothing to do and no structure in their lives without school or work just makes it worse. This guy exaggerates more than weathermen calling a 20mph wind a tornado or a downpour a flood. It’s his moment in the sun and he’s milking it for all it’s worth.

  39. So what if a vaccine is never developed? We are just supposed to stop living and sit in our house until the end of time? Enough of this. Protect the elderly and treat the sick.

  40. More ‘Muricans have died in 4 months of Covid-19 than died in 14 months of combat it WW 1.

    How friggin dangerous do you need it to be?
    ———————————————-
    Approximately 3.1 times as many people in the US now as opposed to 100 years ago.

  41. Coronavirus has attacked and damaged tens of thousands of people under the age of 45. It’s not just old people.

  42. The NFL is definitely going ahead. Germany just proved that a sports league can continue successfully. There will be some cases of COVID-19, but the league can go on.

  43. yaz67 says:
    June 18, 2020 at 12:11 pm
    So what if a vaccine is never developed? We are just supposed to stop living and sit in our house until the end of time? Enough of this. Protect the elderly and treat the sick.
    ———————————
    Apparently so. Saying things like “safety is our number one priority” has become a cliche and is over used. Safety is important, but the world has gone overboard with trying to take risk out of everything. People get hurt and people get sick. It’s part of life.

  44. “Purchasing paint…NOT OK”

    ==========

    Wearing a mask when you go to buy paint to protect yourself and others is such a violation of your rights? Make a total fool of yourself all you want, but please stop endangering others in the process.

  45. If more people die from COVID-19, who’s going to pay for PSL’s, concessions, and Sunday NFL Ticket?

  46. “we will be down to ZERO deaths and weak, mutated flu-level virus by July 31st, just like its brothers SARS and MERS”

    I’ll take that bet. How much are you willing to put down? Remember, over 110,000 Americans have died from Covid 19 in just a few months under Trump’s leadership who didn’t listen to the experts. Remember, he called it a Democratic hoax and his conservative media spent hours calling it a hoax and saying it was no worse than the flu.

  47. bullcharger says:
    June 18, 2020 at 12:30 pm
    The NFL is definitely going ahead. Germany just proved that a sports league can continue successfully. There will be some cases of COVID-19, but the league can go on.
    ===============================================================================

    We are know over 120 thousand deaths and are averaging 25000 new cases and 800 deaths a day according to world meters. Germany is averaging 1000 new cases and 15 deaths a day and people you trying to use Germany as a example so they can watch grown men with families slam into each other on Sunday?

  48. justtherealfacts2 says:
    June 18, 2020 at 1:17 pm
    bullcharger says:
    June 18, 2020 at 12:30 pm
    The NFL is definitely going ahead. Germany just proved that a sports league can continue successfully. There will be some cases of COVID-19, but the league can go on.
    ===============================================================================

    We are know over 120 thousand deaths and are averaging 25000 new cases and 800 deaths a day according to world meters. Germany is averaging 1000 new cases and 15 deaths a day and people you trying to use Germany as a example so they can watch grown men with families slam into each other on Sunday?

    ————-

    That’s not the point at all. The point is I believe the NFL is going ahead and they can make it work. Whether they should go ahead based on the situation related to COVID-19 in the US is a different discussion entirely.

    The athletes also want to play. They aren’t being forced back to work. Not everyone in the NFL can live without their salary, starting with practice squad players, support staff, trainers, etc

  49. Ignorance is bliss I guess. Look no further than Trump’s coming rally. You have people standing in line for days hoping to get a seat in a massive crowd. They say covid is over rated and a hoax to scare people.

    Meanwhile, the sign-up page for free tickets on the Trump campaign website comes with a liability waiver that says the campaign or other parties associated with the event next Friday at the BOK Center in Tulsa cannot be held liable for exposure to coronavirus.

    “By clicking register below, you are acknowledging that an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present,” the waiver says.

    “By attending the Rally, you and any guests voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19 and agree not to hold Donald J. Trump for President, Inc.; BOK Center; ASM Global; or any of their affiliates, directors, officers, employees, agents, contractors, or volunteers liable for any illness or injury.”

  50. I’m going to go one further..I bet no NFL for at least another year or 2. Until a vaccine is made that is absolutely 100% effective, they can’t take a chance. I’m also betting schools K through 12 will now be permanently online, from here on out. Going to suck if you’re a teacher, being unemployed from now on, but that’s the way things are now.

  51. Those of you saying Fauci lied need to check yourselves. The man has been trying to give as much info as he’s been allowed to while trying to research what the intricacies involved in this virus are. Yes some info has been wrong as far as the models are concerned but that is going to happen when you don’t truly understand the extent of the virus as of yet. What Fauci and other medical health researchers are trying to do is keep the public as safe as possible. If some of the things they said previously aren’t accurate it is simply because more information has presented to give them a new understanding like wearing masks for example. That is how Science works in general. You have theories and information but are always open to being corrected upon more information and further review. That is all that has happened here and to try and shoot the messenger is a really ignorant reaction to the reality that this is something we are going to be dealing with for some time and without people taking it seriously and doing their part, it is never going away.

  52. Just thought of this. No reason to have these huge dudes running and going town to town infecting possibly half the population of a given city….cannot let it occur

  53. Players should be quarantined within their own cities and only travel amongst themselves to away games and the same at their away hotels. If they test positive so what, just make sure they are only around essential trainers, coaches, and teammates. This is at worst the flu for 20-35 year olds and the coaches can social distance.

    Let them decide if they want to play and be paid this year.

  54. I doubt certain governors will allow for games in their states. Also,problematic is having fans. Sure, you can social distance by limiting seating however you can’t do it so easily in restrooms and concession areas.

  55. oscarxray says:
    June 18, 2020 at 2:41 pm
    I doubt certain governors will allow for games in their states. Also,problematic is having fans. Sure, you can social distance by limiting seating however you can’t do it so easily in restrooms and concession areas.

    ========

    concessions could be an issue because of cost / food waste to keep them all open to space people out, but restrooms should be fine since they can all be open with no added cost/waste. If you do 1/4 or even 1/2 capacity for the stadium you could easily have everyone take a leak even if you only use every other urinal / stall with minimal wait times and plenty of distancing.

  56. And if there never is a 100% effective vaccine then we still stay quarantined as we will be used to it by then.

  57. “jerry292 says:
    June 18, 2020 at 1:00 pm

    And if we never find a vaccine? Should we just stop all sports?”

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    Given there is a high likelihood we will have a vaccine before next football season, maybe we should consider at least trying before asking these athletes to put themselves and their families at risk?

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