Re: Mark Emmert Says NCAA Could Use Bubble For Basketball Tournament

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Mark Emmert Says NCAA Could Use Bubble For Basketball Tournament 

Post#1 » by RealGM Wiretap » Fri Aug 14, 2020 5:39 am

NCAA president Mark Emmert said that having a bubble for several sports, including basketball, was a "perfectly viable" option.


"Starting with 64 teams is tough. Thirty-two, OK, maybe that's a manageable number. Sixteen, certainly manageable," said Emmert.


Emmert was optimistic that COVID-19 testing would improve by this winter, where tests could be "turned around in 15 minutes instead of 15 days."


An event operator in Houston had proposed a three-week bubble allowing 20 teams to play a non-conference schedule in December. The plan was sent to over 50 programs.


John Calipari endorsed the bubble concept, saying that the NBA and WNBA provided a blueprint for success. 


Calipari also added that there was an opportunity after Thanksgiving to enact a bubble and play games.  


"The thing that's happened for all of us in basketball is the NBA and the WNBA have shown a path for us to have a season. The one thing every [college] campus seems to be doing is saying there's not going to be people on campus after Thanksgiving, so it probably opens up a door after Thanksgiving that even if we're not having fans that there's going to be a safe campus based on your team is going to be there by themselves."


 

Via Jeff Borzello/ESPN

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Re: Mark Emmert Says NCAA Could Use Bubble For Basketball Tournament 

Post#2 » by Jabroni Lames » Fri Aug 14, 2020 12:44 pm

So how do kids go to school and attend classes if they are stuck in the bubble for weeks? They're STUDENT athletes who don't get paid to play, right? Right?
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Re: Mark Emmert Says NCAA Could Use Bubble For Basketball Tournament 

Post#3 » by mithrandir17 » Fri Aug 14, 2020 2:25 pm

Jabroni Lames wrote:So how do kids go to school and attend classes if they are stuck in the bubble for weeks? They're STUDENT athletes who don't get paid to play, right? Right?

Umm.. Zoom classes?

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