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Roger Goodell was interviewed by Mike Tirico during halftime of the Wednesday Afternoon Football game between the Ravens and Steelers, and he was asked about the idea of a playoff bubble:
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“The way bubbles are perceived in the general public is not something we would do, because we believe our protocols are working,” Goodell said. “We would consider further isolations to reduce the risk for all our personnel so that they’re not exposed to the virus and bringing it into the facilities or the club.”
While this may sound evasive, Goodell is implying that they would consider isolating teams in hotels in their cities so they are not exposed to the virus in the broader society, but that they would not do an NBA-like bubble where all the teams are stationed in one place.
As far as the protocols working … on one hand, we’re watching a game that is taking place six days after it was originally scheduled and that had been postponed several different times. We also just saw the Broncos play a game with no quarterbacks, relying on a practice squad receiver to take snaps.
However, all things considered, the season is still humming along and as of yet, no games have been permanently canceled. So those are definitely victories. Back in the summer, would you have thought that would be the case?
The NFL is going to have a considerable challenge to keep it that way, but as of now, they’ve handled everything as well as possible in getting all the games played.