Mark Davis wonders whether a bubble will be necessary for the NFL

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As the NFL rockets toward the 2020 season without plans for a bubble approach, one owner has wondered aloud whether that ultimately may become necessary.

“You can keep players from the fans, but you can’t keep players from the players,” Raiders owner Mark Davis said in the Las Vegas Review-Journal article that focuses primarily on his complaints regarding the decision to cover the first eight rows of seats with tarps. “That could be our Achilles’ heel. Without some form of bubble, we may be asking for trouble.”

Dr. Anthony Fauci suggested earlier this month that the NFL may need a bubble, until he didn’t. It’s definitely not something that would be easy to throw together on the fly, as a Plan B or C or F.

We mentioned the possibility in the early days of the pandemic, but the bubble concept quickly becomes incredibly complicated and expensive — and far from impenetrable. With 65 players per team and coaching staffs and trainers and doctors and all other critical personnel, the bubble will be big. The bigger the bubble, the easier it will be to bust. If only a couple of young players decide to sneak out to a nearby nightclub and catch the virus while doing so, the foundation could be in place for an outbreak.

The ideal bubble concept would entail taking everyone to a remote location, but that would be even more complicated and expensive, with facilities and living arrangements for thousands constructed from scratch. It’s the kind of project that, if it was going to happen, needed to start months ago.

So, basically, if the NFL finds itself clamoring for a bubble, the more prudent approach may be to pull the plug.

20 responses to “Mark Davis wonders whether a bubble will be necessary for the NFL

  1. The “Bubble” arrangement won’t work for the NBA nor for MLB; it is literally a fool’s errand fuled by money and greed. And it certainly won’t work for the NFL. Not happening. Or if it does, not for long.

  2. Why can’t some people see that this “virus” is the equivalent of a flu and nothing more.

  3. I am sure the nfl will find out the hard way if a bubble was necessary. And in reality, covid laughs at bubbles because covid is already in the bubble!

  4. joetoronto says:
    June 29, 2020 at 1:32 pm
    Why can’t some people see that this “virus” is the equivalent of a flu and nothing more.

    The flu isn’t passed to more than 2 million people and kill over 120 000 in 3 months.

  5. No problem with a bubble. I have to wear a seat belt and abide by the speed limit, but I can still drive my car. I have to stop at stop signs, and I can’t drink and drive. I’ve somehow managed to do all that, and I’m still alive to complain about it. The species that survive are the ones that learn to evolve and adapt. I watch football on TV anyway, so it won’t matter to me. Most of the revenue comes from TV. If people don’t want to watch games with empty stands, or if they refuse to drive their car because they have to wear a seatbelt, the sun is still going to come up tomorrow morning anyway.

  6. Why not move the season to somewhere isolated that DOES have existing infrastructure? I’m thinking New Zealand, Hawaii, etc.?

  7. joetoronto says:
    June 29, 2020 at 1:32 pm

    Why can’t some people see that this “virus” is the equivalent of a flu and nothing more.
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    I think the real question is how in God’s name can some people think this virus is the equivalent of a flu and nothing more.

  8. This whole “bubble” idea wreaks of someone eventually, saying in hindsight, “well, it sounded good on paper!”.

  9. joetoronto says:
    June 29, 2020 at 1:32 pm
    Why can’t some people see that this “virus” is the equivalent of a flu and nothing more.

    Because it’s not.

  10. joetoronto says:
    June 29, 2020 at 1:32 pm
    Why can’t some people see that this “virus” is the equivalent of a flu and nothing more.

    ___________________________________________________________

    Because it’s not.

  11. COVID 19, unlike common flu effect respiratory system, the pancreas, the heart and the central nervous system. Comparisons with the flu simply based on short term mortality are asinine.

  12. Davis had no problemn tarping off the stadium in Oakland to beat the then existing tv blackout rule.

  13. wcman says:
    June 29, 2020 at 1:53 pm
    The flu isn’t passed to more than 2 million people and kill over 120 000 in 3 months.
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    The flu killed 80,000 people in the US alone in 2017 AND it has a vaccine.

  14. @joetoronto I’ve seen so many of your comments and have joked to myself no one is really that dumb. Until now that is. Your idea of C19 being the flu has shown your true colors. They say ignorance is bliss. You take the cake.

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