Sports leagues around the country are scrambling to find ways to put their products on the field amind rising levels of coronavirus cases mounting in numerous states. The NFL has already canceled the preseason opener – the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game – and rescheduled the matchup as well as the enshrinement ceremony for next year.
The league, however, is still anticipating players to report for the start of training camps by the end of July.
Many medical experts in the know, including the National Institue of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director, Dr. Anthony Fauci, have questioned whether or not teams will be able to do that safely without taking some sort of “bubble” approach to keep players as protected as possible.
Now, one NFL owner is also asking whether or not the bubble approach is prudent.
“You can keep players from the fans, but you can’t keep players from the players,” Raiders owner Mark Davis told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “That could be our Achilles’ heel. Without some form of bubble, we may be asking for trouble.”
Davis, who has also expressed displeasure with the idea of covering the first eight rows of seats should fans actually be allowed in stadiums, now raises a bigger question of whether or not anyone should be in the venues at all.