Can we play games on Zoom?
Do we do rapid test of players in half time?
What will sports look like in your second matchup with COVID and its viral brothers, Delta and O’Micron?
Because the games are on. Come hell or high absenteeism rates, sports and billions of dollars of business going on. The NFL moved three games where teams had at least 20 players on the COVID list to Monday and Tuesday. In the NBA, star Kevin Durant became the eighth Brooklyn Nets player to enter the COVID-19 protocol.
The Florida Panthers suspended play at least through the Christmas weekend, as did Colorado and Calgary in the NHL. The Panthers then fielded a virus-stricken team in a 4-1 loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday.
That’s the new normal, the next normal, now normal or whatever unusual adjective you want to put in front of the big world we’re dealing with. Medical information states that the small world in the game is going up against an Omicron variant that is more contagious but apparently less lethal than its viral predecessors.
So it’s not a question of whether the games go on. This way. The Miami Dolphins, for example, went into lockdown last season of facilities and practice protocols. Zoom Meetings. divided squad. They were driving Miles Gaskin and Salvon Ahmed back from the COVID protocol on Friday.
They will play on Sunday against the New York Jets (3-10), a toothless team that differs from quarterback play and expected December. His strategy on the Kovid front was different. The Jets allowed in-person interviews, while the Dolphins (6-7) worked on Zoom. Will it matter when the available players are listed for Sunday?
Here’s another new question, similar to the old viral question: If teams are instituting lock-down behavior against the virus, should they allow fans to come across stadiums? And will those thousands of fans put more society at risk?
In Canada, teams were ordered by the government to limit attendance to 50 percent capacity. This is a strange question in implementation. Which fans get tickets for a particular sport? Who gets stuck with a blah opponent?
One thing’s for sure: it looks like the league will deal with it right now. Four Heat players wear masks during Friday night’s pre-game warmup in Orlando. The Toronto Raptors plan to launch an initiative called “Operation Mask Up (or Out)” for fans on Saturday. It required, “All attendees must strictly follow all mask-wearing protocols or risk leaving the building.”
The political food fight will follow. He is also a part of all this.
In sports, playoff races can be skewed, pre-game announcements will change betting lines and some teams are already upset. The schedule should be maintained flexibly. If players are ruled out of the upcoming Beijing Olympics due to COVID, the NHL could have a buffer of three weeks. Does the NBA push this season again to the next?
It’s already ugly in football. The Las Vegas Raiders, for example, protested when their game was moved from Saturday to Monday, when more than 20 Cleveland Browns were on the reserve COVID list. This changes the nature of their next week’s game against division rival Denver.
“Maybe should fly to Cleveland [to Las Vegas]Raiders owner Mark Davis said. “It will make it more fair.”
It’s not a fair thing. The games have to continue. Again, if people want to take the risk there is no reason to cancel them. But the way he walks is strange.
Kyrie Irving, one of three percent of NBA players, was told to stay away from his nets this season. They brought him back to the field of the roster. But because of New York’s mandate for vaccinated workers, he can’t play home games. He can only play the remaining 24 road games.
“The emergence of the Omicron version is exactly the kind of change that guarantees a resilient response,” said NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
Nobody wants the weather to stop. No one will be more resilient than Goodells in sports to keep the game going.