5. Did the NFL screw up by not creating a “bubble” for the Philadelphia Eagles and the rest of the NFL?
So, here we are. Both the National Basketball Association and National Hockey League created “bubbles”, and it seems to have worked for both the sports of basketball and hockey. Major League Baseball didn’t do that, and we have postponements and cancellations all over the grid. Just ask any Philadelphia Phillies or Bryce Harper fan how frustrating that’s been.
Training camp in the NFL hasn’t even closed the door on two full weeks, and we have positive COVID-19 tests to talk about, a scrapped preseason, and players opting out of playing altogether.
At the time of this story being published, it’s still July. What are things going to look like once we reach September? Like the MLB, the NFL’s season will be attacked in the same fashion that it always has. Players, coaches, and will travel. They’ll check into hotels and try to find somewhere to eat. They’ll visit opposing team’s stadiums. The chances of exposure to one of the world’s largest and most debilitating pandemics of all time are just as likely now as they were back in March.
Maybe the NFL didn’t think this through. Is it possible that maybe they missed the mark by not creating a “bubble” of their own? If fans won’t be attending the games, we can throw out any chances of home-field advantage playing any role in the outcomes, and if safety was, indeed, the driving force behind everything they’ve done to this point to ensure that football will be played (and we know that it was), maybe confining all 32 teams to one or maybe two specific areas once teams were assembled was the best idea.
Then again, that may have been difficult seeing as how every team has its own equipment, 53 players once they make the final roster cuts, a medical staff, and about 30 coaches. Then, you have to factor in the television crews for all of the networks that have contracts to televise these games.
When you think about things in that context, maybe that NFL “bubble” had no shot of working anyway, even if you had three of them. To make long stories short, the NFL has done a good job of doing all that it can to ensure that there will be a 2020 regular season. The question is will we see one?