Sports teams are coming up with complex ways to deal with the ongoing public health crisis.
The NBA is trying desperately to finish its playoffs, creating “bubbles” for teams inside hotels.
With the new, strict rules in place, here’s a quick look at who’s allowed in, and who’s out.
ESPN recently obtained an NBA memo about the criteria for who constitutes a permissible “guest” to get inside the NBA bubble.
What is clear is the NBA is concerned about “casual acquaintances” making their way into the bubble.
Such acquaintances “could create problems within your team — and maybe someone else’s too” one general manager told ESPN.
That’s why the rules prohibit non-family members without “an established pre-existing, personal and known relationship” from entering the bubble.
ESPN added, “The NBA and National Basketball Players Association negotiated terms that preclude players from hosting guests who would be deemed as wholly casual in nature, including ‘known by the player only through social media or an intermediary,’ according to the memo.”
Here's who isn't eligible to come into The Bubble as a guest, per memo: "Any individual the player has not previously met in person or with whom the player has had limited in-person interactions. (For example)… known by the player only through social media or an intermediary."
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 12, 2020
Sorry social media models . . . no flings or partying with ball players until after their playoff run is over.
Last month, Instagram model Anna Mya claimed she had been invited to join a player inside the bubble saying, “I already got invited to the bubble. Yea the season definitely ending early.”
we got our first bubble bound fly out ✈️✈️ 👀👀 pic.twitter.com/6VqBPl4DPW
— NBA Bubble Life (@NBABubbleLife) July 12, 2020
Looks like that won’t be happening after all.
Also on the prohibited list are “current/prospective staff or business relationships…including agents, trainers, massage/physical therapists, personal chefs and tattoo artists.”
Guess players will have to wait for any new sweet tats until after the playoffs.
Funny enough, the NBA and Players Association didn’t feel the need to exclude priests, pastors, or financial advisors since there’s no demand for them in the league anyway . . .
The memo went on to say players will be allowed four guests, with an exception to exceed that for children. Unlike the rest of America, the guests will be allowed to attend games in person.
But, only one ticket per playoff game per player, with additional admission specifically for short (presumably young) children (32 inches and below).
Basically, aside from immediate family or longtime girlfriends/fiancées, most of America will remain on the outside looking in.
Sports with Balls will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.