2020 has been a strange year. Although many of us thought that sports were off the cards, most have been able to return to our screens – just with a few changes. Many have opted to isolate teams, while others have their own rules that need to be followed. The question is: should NFL teams rethink introducing a bubble system?
What is a bubble system?
Many of us have heard the word “bubble” in 2020. You know, the bubbles of people we are allowed to see and hang out with? Athletes worldwide all wanted to find a way to bring their sports back to life among the madness, with many opting for bubble systems. All they had to do was live with their teammates throughout the season and isolate if any of them fell ill throughout that time.
Has a bubble system worked in other sports?
Several other sports have used bubble systems to ensure their players are safe. Most sports have no fans or a very restricted number of spectators allowed within the venue. This varies around the world and in each state. However, the likes of the NBA and NHL have both decided to use a bubble system – and they won’t be switching this up any time soon. Even Canadian soccer teams have agreed to play their home games in the US to limit any quarantine time they would need to take if they traveled home.
The downsides of a bubble system
Of course, there have been a few downsides to various bubble systems. It means that sports teams would have to live away from their families while they are playing their season. This could be tough for NFL players as the season is only at the beginning, meaning there are still weeks of action to come. It also means that an entire team has to isolate if one player develops any symptoms as the team will have been living together. As if that wasn’t enough, many teams have been spotted finding ways around the rules, so they can play the likes of golf or head out for a night on the town.
How a bubble system could affect the NFL
The NFL used a bubble system at the beginning of the year, but it has since thrown out the idea of introducing one for the 2020 season. Using a bubble system would have some huge effects on football games. The teams are made up of a huge number of players. This means that rules would have to be adjusted to account for every player on the team. They would also have to decide on the roster in advance to ensure the right players were in a bubble system with everyone they would be playing with on the night. Then there’s the cost and the worry of one team’s bubble mixing with another.
Is a bubble system for the NFL a plausible idea, or is it more hassle than it’s worth? It seems as though the jury is still out on that one.