Popping the Bubble (idea)

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick wears two masks as he watches from the sideline during the first half of an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs , Monday, Oct. 5, 2020, in Kansas City. The New England Patriots have canceled practice amid reports that a third player has tested positive for the coronavirus. Sports Illustrated reported that reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year Stephon Gilmore tested positive for the virus on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020, and was added to the team's reserve/COVID-19 list. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

The NBA is days away from wrapping up an amazing bubble performance of not having any COVID-19 outbreaks the entire time they were locked down and isolated in Orlando. Yeah, the product was a little stale, with no fans and generic courts, but the play in the playoffs was exceptional. So the NFL has a tough act to follow.

Would the NFL consider moving to a bubble, now that there have been a few isolated positive test results in the past 10 days? No. According a Washington Post report, the league is giving no serious thought to it. The responsibility is on each individual team to take precautions and make sure there’s no spread. There had been an idea floated of keeping each team in a home-market bubble. Translation: four months of living in a hotel. That would not have gone over well with NFL players, who, for the most part, all have families.

There was a minor COVID-19 outbreak within the New England Patriots organization in the past few days, and the Tennessee Titans have annoyed the league office for their part in multiple positive cases, but there’s no serious consideration of pressing the pause button on the season.

The NFL’s approach to the pandemic currently goes something like this: some positive results are inevitable. It’s up to the teams to keep it from spreading. That approach apparently won’t be changing.

Panicking will not solve any problems. Teams need to adhere to the guidelines given them by the league office and be smart. If a game has to be rescheduled, postponed or moved, that’s called life in 2020. The NFL does not have a crisis, and they are doing what they can to make sure that remains the case.

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