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NBA Commissioner Claims League Won’t ‘Jump The Line’ For Covid-19 Vaccines 

NBA commissioner Adam Silver claimed this Monday that players and staff members of the league won’t be “jumping the line” to get Covid-19 vaccines ahead of the individuals that are set to receive them first. Silver was speaking with ESPN on a conference call when he made the statement, stating that players in the league, and any sports league, are pretty low priority in terms of individuals who should be vaccinated within the first rounds of distribution. 

“For the most part, because our players are so young and healthy without some sort of comorbidity, they will not be a high priority for vaccinations. There are some other members of the NBA community working on court who are older and will have a higher priority to get the vaccine,” Silver explained, adding that instead the NBA will spend their time urging individuals who can get vaccinated to do so as soon as possible.

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“We will likely be part of some public service campaigns, we already talked to the CDC about that, encouraging people to get vaccinated when it is appropriate. But up until then, we will just be watching and waiting.”

The NBA is still set to kick off the 2020-21 season this Tuesday and will conduct the scheduled 72-game regular season as planned. The Covid-19 pandemic is still raging out of control in America, and without the same bubble method that the league used for the playoffs, however, there’s no telling how long the season will actually last in a normal context. More than 50 players for the NBA have already tested positive throughout their training camps during preseason. 

The Food and Drug Administration has now approved of two different vaccines for the fight against Covid-19. Both vaccines have begun distribution throughout the nation; President-Elect Joe Biden received his vaccine publicly on Monday morning. 

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Silver went on to explain how even if they wanted to, the league has no power in terms of enforcing their players to get vaccinated. Still, he doesn’t believe that will be a major point of contention, as most players are ready to get back into jam-packed arenas and are willing to get vaccinated whenever they can. 

“As time goes on, I think more people will recognize the importance of getting vaccinated and, again, not just for themselves, this is a conversation we’ve already begun with some members of the NBA community.” 

“I think part of it will be a public information campaign, and I’m also hoping that as more people get vaccinated it increases the public’s confidence in the vaccine and the testing protocols they’ve undergone thus far in order for the government to in essence verify it is safe. But for young, healthy people, while it’s still an incredibly serious disease, they tend to do better than older people, or people with underlying conditions. So, for our players, the reason to get vaccinated may not be to protect themselves. It may be to protect their parents, their grandparents and other members of the community,” Silver continued.” 

For now, only time will tell when major sports leagues in America will be able to return to a full sense of normalcy; just like the rest of the world. Players and staffers in the meantime will be using their platforms to encourage fans to follow all proper health and safety procedures, as well as get vaccinated when the time allows so we all can join together and enjoy basketball once again when the time comes.

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NBA Players Receive New Covid-19 Safety Protocols For 2021 Season

NBA players and staffers received a new set of health and safety protocols for the 2020-2021 season amid growing Covid-19 pandemic concerns. The NBA was successfully able to carry out the remainder of the 2019-2020 season using a bubble method in which all players and staffers were isolated from the rest of the world at a singular location in Disney, Florida. 

The sporting league was able to finish the season without one coronavirus case appearing thanks to this method.  Now, the new set of procedures is relatively similar to what they faced for the previous season, however, now that the country has been enduring the pandemic for a while longer, the procedures are more specified and strictly written. 

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Players and staff members are prohibited from visiting any bars or clubs under the new guidelines, which before was more of a universally understood practice.  While players, coaches, and other staff are at home and awaiting future games they are prohibited from entering into any bars, clubs, live entertainment venues, public gyms, spas, or indoor gatherings of 15 or more people, according to the memo sent out. 

These procedures seem like they should just be common sense at this point, however, in a country where health and safety measures vary in every state, it’s important to strictly enforce the policies that will help curb the spread of this deadly virus. While on the road players can only eat outside of their hotel if it’s at a location approved by the league. 

The memo stated that any team that violates these safety protocols could face penalties like “fines, suspensions, adjustment or loss of draft choices, and/or game forfeiture.” Players who miss games will be asked to quarantine and could be subject to pay adjustments if their quarantining is a result of breaking the rules. 

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While the NBA was extremely successful in their bubble method for the 2019-2020 season, the next season will look differently. The season begins on December 22nd with teams playing games in their home arenas and traveling as well. Many teams have already committed to playing without any fans in the stands until further notice. 

The memo itself, which was sent out this past week, was 158 pages long, and states that “it is likely that some staff, players and other participants in the 2020-21 season nonetheless will test positive or contract COVID-19 particularly as the virus remains prevalent in particular team markets and surrounding communities. However, the occurrence of independent cases (cases not spread among players or team staff) or a small or otherwise expected number of COVID-19 cases will not require a decision to suspend or cancel the 2020-21 season.”

The memo also went into what the future of the season would look like should a vaccine be distributed in the spring to the general public; as currently projected. The NBA and NBA Players Association, in that case, will then meet and decide whether or not it will require its players and staffers to receive a Covid-19 vaccination when it becomes available. 

If the vaccination is not made to be mandatory, the NBA claimed that further health and safety procedures will be implemented until a greater herd immunity is met in the US. Players will also be consistently tested before and after every game, practice, or any other situation in which they’re interacting with others working for the league. 

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