Management of each league will also determine whether or not they will be put in a position to succeed.
As stated before, the NBA took its diligent time in putting together a bubble in Orlando to help reduce the risks. This has been praised across the sports world and Adam Silver, the current NBA commissioner, seems to be handling everything the best he can.
“MLB is the only major American pro team sports league not using a bubble plan at the moment”, according to a report by Katherine Acquavella. While all NBA games are being played at the same location, a stark contrast is the MLB games being played at the home teams’ respective stadiums.
The NFL has stated they have no plans to create a bubble for the NFL season. This goes against what the NBA, women’s soccer, and the NHL have done, but understanding again, quantity comes back to play to contain that many people may be impossible.
The NFL has also not declared it will limit the cities played in for each game. There are multiple sites online proposing alternatives for teams to play in a somewhat bubble league with only certain stadiums playing games. Here is one example from 985thesportshub:
East Bubble: Syracuse, N.Y. (Carrier Dome)
West Bubble: St. Louis, Mo. (The Dome at America’s Center, formerly Edward Jones Dome)
North Bubble: Indianapolis, Ind. (Lucas Oil Stadium)
South Bubble: Birmingham, Ala. (Legion Field)
Quality of the equipment is also an unknown factor in the playing.
Football is a much different sport than most, where physical contact and closeness happen on almost every single play. This is considerably different than playing in a spaced-out outfield in baseball or even the NBA where there is contact at many times but can space the floor without touching anyone.
Roger Goodell, the NFL commissioner, has not been publicly saying much on the matter, and it seems football will be business as usual, minus the attendance due to government regulations. The NFL seems to be the most compromised of the major sports leagues without any assurance of a great plan to contain the spread.