1. NBA bounces back while MLB and NFL suffer setbacks  Good Morning America
  2. 'Sports matter in society': Adam Silver pens open letter to NBA fans  OKC Thunder Wire
  3. NBA Players Found Workaround Disney Bubble Rules By Hiring HOT Massage Therapists  The Fumble
  4. How the NBA Built Its Bubble Courts  GQ
  5. NBA's Restart a Slam Dunk & MLB Far From Pitch-Perfect | Fast Company  Fast Company
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After an almost five-month layoff, the NBA is finally returning. Few are happier about it than Adam Silver, the league's commissioner.The commissioner has high hopes for the NBA’s resumption.

‘Sports matter in society’: Adam Silver pens open letter to NBA fans

Almost as complicated as building the bubble itself in response to COVID-19.Almost as complicated as building the bubble itself.

How the NBA Built Its Bubble Courts | GQ

NBA thrives in ‘bubble’ as COVID-19 strikes MLB

Before we get too far into the upshot of this post, the thing the headline suggests, let's be clear on one thing: The very best thing sports could probably do right now is just hit the collective pause button and try again in March. Yes, that includes the NHL, WNBA and NBA which seem to be somewhat successfully — at least in terms of keeping out the coronavirus — navigating their restarts. And maybe that's what the NBA and NHL will eventually end up doing with their 2020-21 seasons, assuming they can make it through the final part of their interrupted seasons. It almost certainly applies to MLB and college sports, which have pretty much no shot of keeping COVID at bay given the nature of how they are going about things. And it applies to the NFL. Divert the testing, financial and logistical muscles being pumped into these sports into more meaningful societal endeavors like, you know, trying to start schools in a safe manner. But … now that my throat is clear, we all know that's not going to happen. We're already pretty far down the road with the restart of sports. There are TONS of games this weekend between MLB, NBA, WNBA and NHL. There is too much money at stake. And yes, there are a lot of fans enjoying the diversion of having sports to watch on TV instead of constantly doom-scrolling current events on their news feeds. It's nice to watch sports, even in their weird, sterile environments. And yes, even with completely bizarre fake fans — both cardboard cutouts and computer-generated — in the stands. Here's the thing, though: If coronavirus has taught us anything so far it's that we need to learn from it. Barely a week into the MLB season, it seems pretty clear that the way baseball is going about things — no bubble, with players traveling to road games and mingling with family at home — is just not working. Under those conditions, outbreaks of the virus are inevitable, as a colleague of mine continues to correctly assert. On Friday, 20% of MLB games are postponed because of COVID-related reasons. They're already making modifications like seven-inning doubleheaders. The season continues to lurch forward, but of all the leagues currently in-season the biggest doubt about actually being able to finish has to be MLB. The leagues operating in bubbles — the NBA, WNBA and NHL — have been relatively quiet in terms of coronavirus news. The NBA continues to tout zero positive tests from recent results. They are taking it seriously. They have a real plan, while MLB has seemingly adopted the U.S. health care plan: hope you don't get sick. All this brings us to the NFL. Like MLB, pro football owners and players agreed upon a season outside a bubble. No fans, in all likelihood, but also no bubble. In a sport with more players, tons of coaches and much closer contact both in practice and games and countless outside interactions, the NFL seems destined to experience problems even worse than what MLB has experienced already. Even early testing from training camps have revealed tons of cases or exposures. So here's the deal: This is the last day of July. The Vikings aren't scheduled to play their first game for about six weeks, on Sept. 13 against the Packers. If the NFL is going to have any meaningful hope of playing this season, it needs to immediately get creative and pivot to an NBA-like bubble — you know, like Dr. Anthony Fauci suggested six weeks ago. Yes, it's far more complicated to try to play a full, long season in a bubble. From now until the end of the regular season would be about five months, compared to what will just be a much shorter duration for players in other bubbled leagues. It would require renegotiating with players. It would probably mean more opt-outs for players who didn't want to be away from families that long. And it might require a creative schedule since finding enough quality fields in one contained area might be difficult. Football seven nights a week? OK, if we must … If the goal is playing — again, not saying that should be the goal, but here we are — that is the only realistic way the NFL can do it. They can either learn from MLB's failure or they can repeat it. That's the choice.Before we get too far into the upshot of this post, the thing the headline suggests, let's be clear on one thing: The very best thing sports could probably do right now is just hit the collective pause button and try again in March. Yes, that includes the NHL, WNBA and NBA which seem to be somewhat successfully — at least in terms of keeping out the coronavirus — navigating their restarts. And maybe that's what the NBA and NHL will eventually end up doing with their 2020-21 seasons, assuming they can make it through the final part of their interrupted seasons. It almost certainly applies to MLB and college sports, which have pretty much no shot of keeping COVID at bay given the nature of how they are going about things. And it applies to the NFL. Divert the testing, financial and logistical muscles being pumped into these sports into more meaningful societal endeavors like, you know, trying to start schools in a safe manner. But … now that my throat is clear, we all know that's not going to happen. We're already pretty far down the road with the restart of sports. There are TONS of games this weekend between MLB, NBA, WNBA and NHL. There is too much money at stake. And yes, there are a lot of fans enjoying the diversion of having sports to watch on TV instead of constantly doom-scrolling current events on their news feeds. It's nice to watch sports, even in their weird, sterile environments. And yes, even with completely bizarre fake fans — both cardboard cutouts and computer-generated — in the stands. Here's the thing, though: If coronavirus has taught us anything so far it's that we need to learn from it. Barely a week into the MLB season, it seems pretty clear that the way baseball is going about things — no bubble, with players traveling to road games and mingling with family at home — is just not working. Under those conditions, outbreaks of the virus are inevitable, as a colleague of mine continues to correctly assert. On Friday, 20% of MLB games are postponed because of COVID-related reasons. They're already making modifications like seven-inning doubleheaders. The season continues to lurch forward, but of all the leagues currently in-season the biggest doubt about actually being able to finish has to be MLB. The leagues operating in bubbles — the NBA, WNBA and NHL — have been relatively quiet in terms of coronavirus news. The NBA continues to tout zero positive tests from recent results. They are taking it seriously. They have a real plan, while MLB has seemingly adopted the U.S. health care plan: hope you don't get sick. All this brings us to the NFL. Like MLB, pro football owners and players agreed upon a season outside a bubble. No fans, in all likelihood, but also no bubble. In a sport with more players, tons of coaches and much closer contact both in practice and games and countless outside interactions, the NFL seems destined to experience problems even worse than what MLB has experienced already. Even early testing from training camps have revealed tons of cases or exposures. So here's the deal: This is the last day of July. The Vikings aren't scheduled to play their first game for about six weeks, on Sept. 13 against the Packers. If the NFL is going to have any meaningful hope of playing this season, it needs to immediately get creative and pivot to an NBA-like bubble — you know, like Dr. Anthony Fauci suggested six weeks ago. Yes, it's far more complicated to try to play a full, long season in a bubble. From now until the end of the regular season would be about five months, compared to what will just be a much shorter duration for players in other bubbled leagues. It would require renegotiating with players. It would probably mean more opt-outs for players who didn't want to be away from families that long. And it might require a creative schedule since finding enough quality fields in one contained area might be difficult. Football seven nights a week? OK, if we must … If the goal is playing — again, not saying that should be the goal, but here we are — that is the only realistic way the NFL can do it. They can either learn from MLB's failure or they can repeat it. That's the choice.

RandBall: NFL should learn from MLB's mistakes, pivot to a bubble - StarTribune.com

Since the NFL won’t be conducting its 2020 regular season in a bubble city, it’s critical that the players exercise caution in between practices and games. If not, the NFL could face a COVID crisis it may not be able to fix.Since the NFL won’t be conducting its 2020 regular season in a bubble city, it’s critical that the players exercise caution in between practices and games. If not, the NFL could face a COVID crisis it may not be able to fix.

NFL players should learn from MLB how to act outside a bubble - Behind the Steel Curtain

The long wait is over. The NBA is back. Due to 2020, the NBA's restart will look nothing like you’re accustomed to -- after the league suspended play back in March when Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for the coronavirus. It wasn't until late June when sports fans got the inkling that professional basketball would be making its long-awaited return, and when the details were announced—they were predictably as crazy as expected. Welcome to life in the NBA Bubble.The long wait is over. The NBA is back. Due to 2020, the NBA's restart will look nothing like you’re accustomed to -- after the league suspended play back in March when Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for the coronavirus. It wasn't until late June when sports fans got the inkling that professional basketball would be making its long-awaited return, and when the details were announced—they were predictably as crazy as expected. Welcome to life in the NBA Bubble.

'Everything is different': NBA returns to play inside the bubble | KOMO

'Everything is different': NBA returns to play inside the bubble

A look at the Battle for LA and the weekend aheadA look at the Battle for LA and the weekend ahead

Orlando Bubble: Thursday Recap, Weekend Preview - Canis Hoopus

Here in late July, with 150,000-plus Americans dead and the coronavirus still raging all around the country, including in the home cities of many NFL teams, it is hard to imagine how football is going to be able to control the virus. <p>Here in late July, with 150,000-plus Americans dead and the coronavirus still raging all around the country, including in the home cities of many NFL teams, it is hard to imagine how football is going to be able to control the virus.</p>

NFL incapable of seeing that it will likely lose the coronavirus fight - SFChronicle.com

How many courts are there in the NBA bubble? Find out all the details on the NBA courts at Disney and the setup for games in Orlando.How many courts are there in the NBA bubble? Find out all the details on the NBA courts at Disney and the setup for games in Orlando.

NBA Bubble: How Many Courts Are There at Disney in Orlando? | Heavy.com

OPINION: The compressed Major League Baseball season is at serious risk after a disastrous week headlined by a coronavirus outbreak that has infected 16 Miami Marlins players and caused the team to go dark for a week.OPINION: The compressed Major League Baseball season is at serious risk after a disastrous week headlined by a coronavirus outbreak that has infected 16 Miami Marlins players and caused the team to go dark for a week.

Bulls & Bears: NBA and NHL lead the way as pro sports returns, while baseball stumbles along | The Province

OPINION: The compressed Major League Baseball season is at serious risk after a disastrous week headlined by a coronavirus outbreak that has infected 16 Miami Marlins players and caused the team to go dark for a week.OPINION: The compressed Major League Baseball season is at serious risk after a disastrous week headlined by a coronavirus outbreak that has infected 16 Miami Marlins players and caused the team to go dark for a week.

Bulls & Bears: NBA and NHL lead the way as pro sports returns, while baseball stumbles along | The Province

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Basketball will resume within the NBA’s fabulously intricate, hyper-choreographed bubble, which has thus far kept players and personnel safe. Outside the bubble—across America—it’s a different story.Basketball will resume within the NBA’s fabulously intricate, hyper-choreographed bubble, which has thus far kept players and personnel safe. Outside the bubble—across America—it’s a different story.

The NBA’s Carefully Constructed Alternate Universe - The Ringer

The same week as the baseball season started, its lack of a "bubble" is already threatening its finish, and the same could happen when schools reopen.The same week as the baseball season started, its lack of a "bubble" is already threatening its finish, and the same could happen when schools reopen.

NBA and MLB reopening: Lessons for businesses and schools from sports - Business Insider

The restart of the NBA season has arrived, that following Major League Baseball’s “imperfect” return to the field. The NBA’s season reboot commences tonight, July 30, with two games scheduled at the league’s Disney bubble at Walt Disney World.The restart of the NBA season has arrived, that following Major League Baseball’s “imperfect” return to the field. The NBA’s season reboot commences tonight, July 30, with two games scheduled at the league’s Disney bubble at Walt Disney World.

NBA returns tonight in Central Florida amid coronavirus pandemic

The NBA is running on a smooth schedule at the moment as the second round of player testing has come out on a positive note.The NBA is running on a smooth schedule at the moment as the second round of player testing has come out on a positive note.

Adam Silver and the NBA Set a Towering Example for Other Major Leagues in the US - EssentiallySports

Donovan Mitchell is a microcosm of so many of the ways the NBA’s return is complicated. He spoke to our Joe Vardon in the bubble.Donovan Mitchell is a microcosm of so many of the ways the NBA’s return is complicated. He spoke to our Joe Vardon in the bubble.

Through Donovan Mitchell’s eyes: NBA’s perilous, complicated, glorious return – The Athletic

The NBA has once again recorded zero positive COVID-19 cases after following their latest round of testing, the NBA and Player's Association announced on Wednesday.

NBA again records zero positive COVID-19 cases after latest round of testing - TSN.ca

After over four months away, basketball returns to crown a champion but also raise awareness. <p>After over four months away, basketball returns to crown a champion but also raise awareness.</p>

NBA returns with message from a bubble - HoustonChronicle.com

Can you name the 2019-20 NBA All-Stars? Take this NBA quiz! New quizzes emailed daily.Can you name the 2019-20 NBA All-Stars?

The '2019-20 NBA All-Stars' quiz | Yardbarker

The NBA created a campus at Walt Disney World near Orlando, Florida, to house 22 teams and restart the 2019-20 season amid the COVID-19 pandemic, but it has already begun planning for the 2020-21 season as well...The NBA created a campus at Walt Disney World near Orlando, Florida, to house 22 teams and restart the 2019-20 season amid the COVID-19 pandemic, but it has already begun planning for the 2020-21 season as well...

NBA Reportedly Considering Games in 'Regional Pods' for 2020-21 Season | Bleacher Report | Latest News, Videos and Highlights

The NBA created a campus at Walt Disney World near Orlando, Florida, to house 22 teams and restart the 2019-20 season amid the COVID-19 pandemic, but it has already begun planning for the 2020-21 season as well...

NBA Reportedly Considering Games in 'Regional Pods' for 2020-21 Season

XXL speaks to NBA players to find out which rappers they are listening to in the Orlando bubble.Lil Baby, Polo G and more.

So far, so good with things in Orlando, even if Florida is a global epicenter of the coronavirusSo far, so good with things in Orlando, even if Florida is a global epicenter of the coronavirus

Should the NBA bubble continue for the 2020-21 season? - Bullets Forever

Even without NFL preseason games, the month still shapes up as the biggest August ever with the NBA, NHL and Major League Baseball back on the betting board.Even without NFL preseason games, the month still shapes up as the biggest August ever with the NBA, NHL and Major League Baseball back on the betting board.

Las Vegas sportsbooks look forward to biggest August ever | Las Vegas Review-Journal

The coronavirus pandemic continues in North America, odds released on how it will affect the NHL Stanley Cup, NBA championship, MLB World Series & NFLThe coronavirus pandemic continues in North America, odds released on how it will affect the NHL Stanley Cup, NBA championship, MLB World Series & NFL

Odds on Whether the NHL, NBA, MLB and NFL Will Complete or Adjust Their Seasons

Tests of 344 NBA players conducted over the past nine days have returned zero positive results.Tests of 344 NBA players conducted over the past nine days have returned zero positive results.

NBA: No positive coronavirus tests for players in Orlando - Los Angeles Times

The NFL is now up to 35 COVID-19 opt outs.The NFL is now up to 35 COVID-19 opt outs.

Cory's Corner: The NFL Needs Better Approach

The NBA season restarts tonight from the bubble and will show us why it is the best league in sports.The NBA is back and is about to show us what we were all missing.

NBA season restart from bubble will show why it is best league in sports - Sports Illustrated

NBA commissioner Adam Silver says he would cancel the season if the health of his players was jeopardized and talks about the protocols in place for the NBA bubble in Florida.In 1987, the New York Giants won the Super Bowl and their quarterback Phil Simms uttered five immortal words: “I’m going to Disney World!”Thus began a tradition, which still continues...

No sex and no fans, but the beer is flowing fast in the NBA 'bubble' - KOAM