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NBA reportedly considering FOUR bubbles for 2020-21 season

Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The NBA’s current bubble down in Orlando at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex is working so well that the league is reportedly considering three additional bubbles for the 2020-21 season.

According to a report by David Aldridge and John Hollinger of The Athletic, the NBA is discussing a return to Orlando, along with three new bubbles in Las Vegas – the runner-up to Orlando’s winning bid to host the league this summer – along with New York and Dallas Fort-Worth.

“There is talk of as many as four bubbles next season,” The Athletic reported. “Given the league’s current success housing 22 teams at the Wide World of Sports Complex, a return to Disney is a given, as is using Las Vegas, the runner-up to Orlando this year. There just isn’t another city that far west (any city in California, right now, is a non-starter, given the explosion of COVID cases there) with the hotel space and big-event experience of Vegas.

“One source says New York and the Dallas-Fort Worth area are two other potential bubble cities; New York not only has what would be an otherwise empty Madison Square Garden in Manhattan and Barclays Center in Brooklyn as venues, but also Basketball City, the longtime Manhattan venue by the Hudson with numerous courts available, for potential practices.”

While the NBA is considering a four-bubble layout for the 2020-21 season, it’s not a guarantee the league will need to move forward with such a move. Instead, The Athletic is reporting that we could also see six “pods” for each division in the league, with different options such as a division-only start to the season or a two-month start in a bubble before implementing a one-month break and a return to regular home games, among other ideas.

“There may be multiple bubbles,” National Basketball Players Association executive director Michele Roberts said last week on SiriusXM radio.. “There may be bubbles with a period of time away from the bubble. It may be that we don’t have a bubble at all.”

Unlike some conferences in the college football ranks – *ahem* the Big Ten *ahem* – the NBA is at least thinking ahead to create a thought-out plan on how to attack the upcoming 2020-21 season.

And they’re doing it before they’ve crowned a champion in 2020.

(The Athletic)

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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5 Comments for NBA reportedly considering FOUR bubbles for 2020-21 season

  1. nadroj
    4:05 pm August 12, 2020 Permalink

    I mean, good on them. But the dig at the BIG10 at the end is ridiculous. College sports has enormous complications that the NBA and the other professional leagues don’t have to contend with. There is simply no way to put all the college football (or basketball) players in bubbles, not to mention all the issues surrounding how much say the players themselves should have in how it all would be set up.

    • Jack Pilgrim
      5:50 pm August 12, 2020 Permalink

      The Big Ten was prepared to cancel the season completely until they received so much public backlash from ADs, coaches and players. Reports came out that they hadn’t even discussed the possibility of a spring season until this week. Has nothing to do with college football being played in a bubble, it’s the fact that they had zero contingency plans in place if a “normal” fall season didn’t work.

  2. mashburnfan1
    5:29 pm August 12, 2020 Permalink

    Actually the Big however many teams they have has thought ahead. They are being told it is not safe to put these young people in those positions. ( remember it is not just football but several fall sports they postponed). They are doing the safe thing and have not canceled the seasons as so many continue to say. They have postponed them and trying to play them later, like football they ate hoping for feb/april. I would rather sec do the same than play in sept with no fans. I want to go to my games and if feb/april still gives me that chance I am for it.

    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      6:09 pm August 12, 2020 Permalink

      There’s no way they or anyone else is playing in the spring. If they do, I will drink an entire 12 ounce can of that grody Dr. Pepper.

      Okay, no I won’t. Haha. I will figuratively “eat my words” though. For the 1000th time, 2 seasons in 9 months? No way, now how. Maybe the conferences that are glorified 1AA schools, but I don’t believe even they will. Plus, they’re letting the chicken littles run the show, and the chicken littles are already talking about us wearing masks for a year or 2, so the same crowd will think it’s too dangerous for the spring and they’ll want to postpone or cancel spring sports too.

    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      6:12 pm August 12, 2020 Permalink

      And if the SEC and possibly the ACC and Big 12 play in the fall, there won’t be a natty to play for in the spring. I suppose the CFP could award a fall and a spring natty, but I wouldn’t think they would. I might be wrong.