With the NBA’s bubble down in Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando working to near perfection, several power conferences are reportedly considering a similar move for the college basketball season.
According to college basketball insider Jon Rothstein, conferences have had early discussions about playing games in a “bubble” type setting.
“Several power conferences in college basketball have had preliminary discussions about holding games next season in a “bubble” type setting,” said Rothstein. “This is one of many potential options on the table, but one that gains traction with student athletes taking classes online.”
Sources: Several power conferences in college basketball have had preliminary discussions about holding games next season in a "bubble" type setting.
This is one of many potential options on the table, but one that gains traction with student athletes taking classes online.
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) August 6, 2020
Following Rothstein’s report, Stadium’s Jeff Goodman noted that the two conferences in current discussions about a bubble are the Big East and Big Ten, also adding that it’s “just one of multiple options” on the table.
The NBA, NHL, and MLS are the three leagues currently utilizing a bubble for their respective seasons, while TBT (The Basketball Tournament) was the first league to finish a season and crown a champion with its own bubble last month. The MLS is Back championship is set for next Tuesday, which will give us our second bubble champion.
While leagues with bubbles have worked to near perfection, other team-oriented leagues – the MLB being the one with the most issues – have seen numerous outbreaks within teams.
Could a bubble be the answer for college basketball this season?