David wrote: ↑Wed Jul 29, 2020 9:05 am
The CFL has a chance (if it can ever get its collective s**t together) to one-up the NFL as that league seems to be following MLBs start-up model of having its teams travel city-to-city instead of a bubble approach. If Wave 2 occurs in the Fall, that plan could all go sideways. As it is, MLB is discovering that this maybe wasn't the smartest approach as 14 players on the Marlins recently tested positive for COVID-19, potentially threatening the season. Now imagine a non-bubble model with rosters as large as the NFL's and it seems to me to be a recipe for disaster.
I don't know if there's a right answer because the leagues are dealing with different circumstances. There is no comparison between a possible NFL bubble and what the others would have to endure. While the non-bubble model does seem ripe for disaster for the NFL I don't know that a bubble model would be any more feasible.
NBA and NHL are the most similar as both had already completed 75%+ of their regular seasons. They were dealing with how to complete their seasons and award their championship. They also left a total of 15 teams out of their combined 61 teams out. By mid August the original combined 46 teams who started out in the bubble will be weeded down to 32. For 8 of 24 NHL teams their bubble stay will only last 2 weeks. By the 1st of September both leagues will be down to 8 teams. The two NHL teams fortunate enough to make the Stanley Cup finals will have to endure the bubble only 10 weeks. For those making the NBA finals it could be 12 weeks. All other teams are looking at 8 weeks or less (NHL) or 10 weeks or less (NBA).
MLB is trying to play a complete meaningful season although some would argue 60 games doesn't meet that criteria. Because baseball is weather-restricted they pretty much had no choice but to go the short season route. Only 4 NHL and NBA teams will be have to be in their respective bubbles for roughly the same time frame as all 30 MLB teams would have to endure if they went the bubble route. With 15 games per day they would need a minimum of 5 bubbles. 12 weeks in a bubble would be the max for 14 of the 30 teams. 8 of the 16 teams making the playoffs will join the other 14 within a week as the first playoff series is a best of 3.
NFL is an entirely different kettle of fish than the other leagues and CFL. They normally wouldn't be starting training camps until now. Weather doesn't restrict them. They can attempt to play their normal season and full playoffs. Where the other leagues would see the bulk of their teams being in a bubble for no more than 12 weeks all 32 NFL teams would have to spend 5 months minimum in a bubble under that scenario; up to 6 months for the Super Bowl combatants.
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