One of the most important parts of slowing Covid-19 is to socially distance and wear a mask. Doing these things have shown to slow the progression of the virus.
So, with sports leagues starting back up, it’s important to remind ourselves how many people are involved in the organization, how they interact on a daily basis, and what is the interaction with other teams.
Let’s look at the NBA.
The NBA decided to set each of the qualified restart teams into a quarantine bubble in Orlando to ensure that no players, coaches, or officials would be compromised during gameplay.
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This has just restarted as of July 30, 2020, so we have not been able to get a report on any new cases yet, but the bubble itself has seemed to be very effective so far prior to the restart with only a few cases reported.
The MLB has taken a much different turn already less than 10 games into the reconfigured season.
According to an ESPN article on Friday, “The Brewers and Cardinals will join the Marlins, Philadelphia Phillies, Washington Nationals and Toronto Blue Jays as teams affected by the fallout from positive tests.” 20 confirmed cases alone were set by the Miami Marlins organization, 18 of which were players according to the same article.
Here are the numbers for ACTIVE allowed players per game for each of the three named leagues:
NBA: 13 MLB: 26 NFL: 48
These numbers do not include front office staff, coaches, trainers, and more. Again, the number of people you interact with without a mask will increase the chance of contracting the virus, and thus the snowball effect will happen, much like the MLB is currently seeing.
We may not be able to control the spread of a 48 man active roster like we can with a 13 man one, but management also plays a big role.