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Power conferences considering “bubble” college basketball season

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.”

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?

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

Follow me on Twitter: @JackPilgrimKSR

8 Comments for Power conferences considering “bubble” college basketball season



  1. ohiokatfan
    3:05 pm August 6, 2020 Permalink

    Whatever it takes to get #9.



    • Han
      3:30 pm August 6, 2020 Permalink

      We’ll have to see. It’s very different to ask paid professionals to go in a bubble. But college players do trips overseas and to tourneys already, and the NCAA thinks that and 10pm weeknight games don’t interfere with education, so it’s not like it’s completely without comparison.

      If any conferences do it, though, they’d have to allow players to opt out without losing their schollie, since long-term isolation away from campus/the city isn’t something you’d reasonably tie to a schollie (vs employment). If not opt outs, then free transfers. Some players will have family (including children) or other responsibilities, like jobs or internships. That is, unpenalized opt outs are needed if they want to pretend to care about the student part of student athlete. There’s no guarantee the NCAA or conferences even pretend.



    • ClutchCargo
      3:37 pm August 6, 2020 Permalink

      I can see allowing them to opt out, but it would be for family reasons only, and even that would be pretty uncommon. There are no jobs or internships for college basketball players, no time at all for that.



  2. blueballs80
    4:14 pm August 6, 2020 Permalink

    For sure. It’s safe considering all the road trips and stuff they have to do and people not following basic rules of wearing a mask or social distancing.



  3. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
    4:35 pm August 6, 2020 Permalink

    How would the SEC handle this if they were to do it? Have 2 or 3 bubbles, 1 each in ATL and Bham and use local college gyms, or something like that? What if the players are still taking on-ground courses, or hybrid courses that still have at least some on-ground component? I suppose professors could make accommodation for when the players are away from campus and have them work online, but I remember seeing pics on KSR of players headed to early classes even after getting in very late (even having just come back from a game in Chicago).



  4. J. Did
    7:08 pm August 6, 2020 Permalink

    This covid-19 is a virus.
    You either have been exposed and lived…you will get it and live…or otherwise.
    You can’t run from Mother Nature.
    You can hide.
    And if you do, luckily, you’ll die of some other malady.



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  6. BigBluSoTru
    8:29 pm August 6, 2020 Permalink

    Just cant imagine college age kids having the fortitude to be bascially locked downed somewhere away from theirs piers and girlfriends . That’s truly asking alot of immature individuals. You see even the paid adults are having issues following these rules and they are being paid to do their job. And to get them to stay still they have to be threatened. e The more the days go on and college kids opt out the less likely fall sports are going too happen.