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On March 11, 2020, the 2019-20 National Basketball Association (“NBA”) Season hung in the balance after Rudy Gobert tested positive for coronavirus prior to the tip-off of a game between the Utah Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder. At the time, the United States was starting to learn about the SARS-CoV-2 (“COVID-19”) virus that would impact daily life for the foreseeable future. While the World Health Organization (“WHO”) declared COVID-19 a pandemic on the same date, the gravity of the situation to many was still unclear because, at this point, the U.S. had only detected approximately 1,000 cases of COVID-19. Despite this, the NBA took swift action that night by suspending gameplay. Across the sporting landscape: March Madness was canceled, MLB negotiations stalled resulting in a shortened season, the Kentucky Derby was postponed, and the 2020 Summer Olympics were delayed a year. By contrast, on June 5, the NBA’s Board of Governors had approved by a 29-1 vote a 22-team format for restarting the season at the Disney Campus outside Orlando, Florida. Upon reaching the conclusion of the NBA Finals on October 11 (after 107 days and 172 games), there were a total of zero positive player COVID-19 cases for the duration of the bubble. This paper explores how the NBA navigated the challenges of COVID-19, first and foremost, ensuring the safety of all participating players, coaches, and staff.
To begin understanding the gargantuan task of safely resuming any activity, let alone a contact sport, requires a rewind to the state of the public health crisis in early 2020. COVID-19 was first identified among patients with severe respiratory infections in late December 2019 in Wuhan, China. On January 19, 2020, the first United States-identified case of COVID-19 was diagnosed in a man who had days earlier traveled from Wuhan to the State of Washington. By February, there were fifteen cases, all tied to China. However, it was estimated that those individuals had likely infected over 2,000 others throughout major cities in the United States. Nonetheless, nationwide travel restrictions from identified outbreak hotspots – China, Iran, the Schengen Area comprised of twenty-six European states, and the United Kingdom and Ireland – were established. President Trump also invoked the National Emergencies Act to declare the pandemic a national emergency, thereby freeing funds for emergency aid to state and local governments. States responded in the form of stay-at-home orders, but varied significantly in terms of their start date (e.g., California: March 19, South Carolina: April 7), restrictiveness (i.e., advisory vs. mandatory), and duration. As the COVID-19 health crisis continued to envelop the United States, restrictions grew in tandem, making it more difficult to envision how a return to “normal” could be achieved.
After suspending its season, the NBA had to examine what a “return to play” could look like and how to address various concerns of the relevant parties properly. A central issue was the cascading effect of any player, coach, or staff testing positive for the virus. To this end, the research found that prolonged, unprotected close contact (within six feet of a confirmed COVID-19 infected individual for at least fifteen minutes) – a given in any basketball competition – resulted in the greatest likelihood of transmitting the virus. Not only would a player testing positive have to be sidelined, but practically any other player on the court at the same time would need to quarantine for fourteen days. Another challenge included coaches, half of which were older than fifty, and a few of which were over 65, causing them to be at greater risk for COVID-19 complications. Doctors also warned about the long-term effects of the virus on players’ lungs and hearts. Other conditions – including sickle cell disease, COPD, immunocompromised state, diabetes, and thalassemia – with increased risk for severe COVID-19 illness had to be monitored. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) guidance in mid-March warned against gatherings of fifty people or more, dimming the prospect of any professional sporting competition (with or without fans). Players and staff also had to deal with mental health issues related to being confined at home and dealing with ailing or deceased family members, all the while continuing to remain in shape during the hiatus. Another undeniably challenging situation was determining what the appropriate role of basketball and its players should be vis-à-vis the social justice movement in the aftermath of the Breonna Taylor and George Floyd killings. Some players donated considerable time and resources to the Black Lives Matter movement, while others advanced whether it was even appropriate to play at all. All of these factions and concerns needed to be addressed in the ultimate iteration of the NBA “Bubble.”
After Commissioner Silver suspended the season, an omnipresent concern related to effect of the 2017 Collective Bargaining Agreement’s (“CBA’s”) force majeure clause. Generally speaking, a force majeure (derived from French for “superior force”) provision excuses a party’s performance under a contract (or CBA) when an “act of God” or some other extraordinary event precludes a party from fulfilling its obligations. Per the NBA CBA, a force majeure event includes the occurrence of an epidemic or any governmental order or action provided that either: “(i) makes it impossible for the NBA to perform its obligations under [the CBA], or (ii) frustrates the underlying purpose of [the CBA], or (iii) makes it economically impracticable for the NBA to perform its obligations under [the CBA].” The above is modified to provide that the triggering event of the force majeure clause could not be within the reasonable control of the NBA or a team. Of significant importance to players was that if a force majeure event resulted in any “missed Exhibition, Regular Season, or Playoff game during such period that was not rescheduled and replayed,” each missed game would reduce a player’s compensation by 1/92.6th for that respective season. At this point in the season, all teams had played their exhibition games, but only 64 to 67 of their 82 regular season games (79-83%) and no playoff games. Notice to the NBA Players Association (“NBPA”) of a force majeure event was required within sixty days of said event, after which the NBA would have another sixty days to terminate the CBA. It was unclear when, specifically, the triggering event occurred though likely dates were March 11, when the 2019-20 season was suspended, or March 13, when President Trump declared a national emergency. Either way, the future did not seem promising, and it remained uncertain whether a season of any kind was feasible.
Following March, the COVID-19 landscape in the United States continued to worsen, and the NBA began taking its first major steps during the hiatus. Rumors swirled about a possible single-site location without fans for a season continuation and playoffs, which included locations in Las Vegas, the Bahamas, Orlando, Atlantic City, Hawaii, and Louisville. At the same time, to offset a projected decrease in revenue, the NBA’s top 100 executives and senior leaders received a twenty percent pay cut. Fortunately, and as United States unemployment rates edged towards fifteen percent, said NBA cuts would not impact support or administrative staff across the organization. Soon, the idea of a “bubble” gathered momentum as the NBA had some experience, through the MGM Resorts G League Winter Showcase in Las Vegas, of hosting a fan-less competition with 28 G League teams present. Eyes then turned to the world’s only professional basketball league that was continuing to operate during COVID-19, the Taiwanese Super Basketball League (“SBL”). Unlike the NBA, only five teams participated in the SBL, but the SBL’s safety measures – maximum arena capacity of 100, facemask adherence by non-athletes, and temperature checks for players – were viewed favorably. Similar “bubble” plans (i.e., two locations, multiple daily temperature tests, and no fan attendance) were being considered by the Chinese Basketball Association even as the Chinese government issued orders restricting group sporting events. Weeks prior, LeBron James had balked at playing in a fan-less arena, stating, “We play games without the fans? Nah, that’s impossible.” Many doctors and epidemiologists, for different reasons too, viewed the “bubble” as far-fetched, citing: the difficulty of properly quarantining players in a closed community, the strain of being separated from families, and the lack of COVID-19 testing capabilities, among other issues.
As the year of COVID-19 progressed, the NBA and NBPA continued taking steps to ensure some return-to-play could be achieved. Many players lacked access to adequate training space as teams shut down their practice and training facilities in March, and public health clubs, fitness centers, gyms, college facilities, or the like remained off-limits. As a starting point, and depending on state and local restrictions, teams were advised that practice facilities could reopen on May 8 with various limitations (e.g., no more than four players at the facility at a time, prohibitions on group activity, and no coaches). Later in May, Commissioner Silver addressed that “[the] CBA was not built for an extended pandemic,” causing the NBA and NBPA to agree to extend the league’s right to terminate the CBA until September. A postponement seemed reasonable as the salary cap and luxury tax thresholds depended on NBA revenue, approximately 40% of which derived from game-night receipts. Both parties hoped to avoid a lengthy play stoppage, which could result from a CBA termination.
Eventually, the ESPN Wide World of Sports at Walt Disney World near Orlando, Florida emerged as a front-runner for hosting the remainder of the NBA season through exploratory conversations. Ties between the NBA and Disney, were well-documented and the Disney-owned ESPN would stand to benefit from any major return to sports broadcasting. As health and safety continued to be the priority, a 220-acre complex, equipped with three arenas (see Exhibit B) and plentiful hotel accommodations, could also greatly limit outside exposure. As it related to COVID-19, the number of cases in Florida continued to climb causing some concern about infiltration of the “bubble” by third parties and, thereby, infection of players. On the other hand, Florida’s more flexible approach to COVID-19 reduced some challenges of hosting the “bubble” as compared to other states. Conveniently, even in Phase One of Florida’s reopening, professional sports venues could remain operational and host trainings, competitions, events, and games. By June 4, the NBA’s board of governors approved via a 29-1 vote (with Portland as the lone team voting against the plan) a 22-team format to resume the 2019-20 season at Disney World on July 31, including 8 games, play-in tournament, and playoffs for the top 16 seeds. The following day, the NBPA Board of Player Representatives approved further negotiations with the NBA on a return to play. Another significant step by the NBA and NBPA involved focusing the goal of the “bubble” in Orlando on taking collective action against systemic racism and promoting social justice. The next major building block of the “bubble” was developing and releasing the health and safety guidelines.
After months of development, the NBA released its 113-page Health and Safety Protocols for the Resumption of the 2019-20 NBA Season (the “Protocols”) on June 16. Players were given until June 24 to report to their teams whether they planned to participate in the “bubble.” The prospective date for the resumption of games was set for July 30. In the background, Florida reported its largest one-day increase in COVID-19 cases, though Governor DeSantis remained resolute about not “shutting down” the state. For the “bubble” to function, all relevant personnel would need to progress through six phases necessary for restart, with the last phase being the “bubble.” Notably, the Protocols were developed based on prevailing CDC and medical expert guidance, as well as from similar protocols created by other sports leagues.
To begin Phase One (from June 12–22) of the return process, players residing internationally would need to return to their respective market by June 15 and domestic players by June 22, subject to government restrictions. Essential staff members – those training, coaching, or providing medical services for players in the team market or “bubble” campus – needed to do the same. If barred entry due to government restrictions, teams were to assist said individuals. While traveling, players and essential staff members were advised to heed recommended precautions (e.g., cleaning hands frequently, wearing a face covering, keeping physical distance). Individuals (and household members) were then to self-quarantine at home, with the exception of visiting a team facility, essential activities, or commuting. Particularly, crowded settings were to be avoided, except that engagement in protests was acceptable if properly donning a face covering and engaging in hand hygiene. To ensure the NBA accounted for individuals (players, staff, and household members) with characteristics or medical conditions that might render one at higher risk of COVID-19 complications, all needed to complete a medical history questionnaire. Given many players were living with other household members, for both sides’ safety, teams were to offer these members virtual education and information sessions to promote an understanding of best practices for reducing the risk of infection and spread of COVID-19. Teams, if not restricted by state or local guidance, could continue making their facilities available for workouts or treatments on a voluntary, individual basis. These measures were intended to begin the process of bringing NBA personnel into their team markets and continuing the COVID-19 education process.
Following Phase One, Phase Two (June 23–30) would begin with a focus on COVID-19 testing to determine an infection baseline within the league. All players and essential staff members were required to undergo, on June 23, a PCR and serology/antibody (blood) test through an approved testing provider. From this mandatory testing, 16 out of a pool of 302 players tested positive for coronavirus, with none experiencing serious illness. PCR testing would continue to be conducted on an every-other-day basis, but with serology/antibody testing only in the case of a positive result. While the NBA sought to maximize the testing of players, it did not do so in a vacuum and addressed some of the worries about preferential treatment for professional athletes. Tests were not to be administered if they would adversely impact the availability of testing for healthcare workers, first responders, symptomatic individuals, or high-priority groups in a team’s community. Free COVID-19 testing for community members would also be set up through collaboration with the National Urban League and community partners in the respective team’s city. During COVID-19 testing, teams needed to ensure the following: physician availability to answer questions or concerns, a properly cleaned and distanced testing area (if possible, outdoors), and appropriate personal protective equipment (“PPE”) for all test administrators. If any player returned a positive PCR test, said player would be required to self-isolate and complete the required procedures for return (see Exhibit F). A team physician would then need to notify the league of any positive PCR result as well. Due to possible cardiac complications, any player testing positive for COVID-19 would additionally need to complete a cardiac screening and refrain from exercise training for two weeks from the later of a positive test or resolution of viral symptoms. For completeness, during any test days or before voluntary workouts, players and essential staff needed to be temperature-screened and report any COVID-19 symptoms. Each player, if requested, would also be required to submit to a physical examination. Team-designated physicians needed to review players’ (and traveling staff members’) medical history questionnaires and clear said players for competition while also identifying any higher-risk individuals and necessary restrictions.
Specific guidelines also existed for designating players as non-participating (including “Higher-Risk,” “Excused,” and “Protected” per below) as well as the ramifications of this status. No player was required to participate, could be coerced into doing so, or disciplined for not participating by his team. For players worried about transmitting COVID-19 to higher-risk household members, teams could provide separate housing so that the player could attend team functions through Phase 3. However, players (not designated as “Excused” or “Protected”) who failed or refused to provide their services “without proper and reasonable cause or excuse” would have their compensation reduced. In some cases, the matter could be referred to a three-physician panel who would determine based on relevant medical information whether a player was a “Higher-Risk” individual and therefore “Excused.” An appeals process existed to overturn any arbitrary and capricious panel determinations. For any player that contracted COVID-19 during Phase 4 and desired not to continue participating in the “bubble,” said player would be “Excused” so long as, within the past two weeks, they had not left the campus or had prohibited contact with non-team personnel. If a team determined that a player’s risk factors (per questionnaire or medical history) would present a direct threat to his health, the team would protect the player by excluding him from competition and classifying him as “Protected.” Again, this designation could be subject to a physician panel review. Traveling staff members would also be expected to participate in the “bubble” unless found to be at “Higher-Risk” or “Protected” under similar procedures as the players. In advance of Phase 3, to ensure players’ and essential staff’s compliance with the Protocols, a virtual educational session had to be held by teams covering COVID-19-related topics.
A few other conditions for return related to facilities and the traveling party had to be met before the beginning of Phase 3. To the extent facilities were not yet open, a team’s Facility Hygiene Officer (or someone in their stead) had to conduct a walkthrough of the facilities prior to a resumption of team activities. Specifically, facilities were to have mapped optimal paths of travel and closed areas where individuals might be prone to clustering. To do so, various visual cues could facilitate movement through the facility. Any high-trafficked areas and facility spaces used by players or team staff needed to be cleaned and disinfected if used by any staff within a week of reopening. In advance of traveling to the “bubble,” teams needed to provide a “Traveling Party” list of no more than thirty-seven individuals. Between thirteen and seventeen players were required to attend, with the understanding that no guests could accompany the players for the “bubble’s” opening. Besides players, select athletic trainers, strength and conditioning coach, equipment manager, and team security staff needed to attend. To assist with resolving issues at the “bubble” in real-time, a senior executive from each team’s basketball operations department had to accompany the team. At each team’s discretion, one member of a player’s private security staff, personal trainer, or massage therapist could be included in the Traveling Party if approved by the league. Teams were also allowed to bring one staff member from each of the social content and basketball communications departments. When choosing which individuals to include for traveling to the “bubble,” teams were told to identify members who could serve cross-functional purposes in the event that one member became unavailable. Given the difficulty of ensuring each team would have appropriate medical care, the NBA arranged for team physicians to provide coverage and on-site mental health professionals. For reinforcement before the start of the playoffs, the NBA and NBPA were to jointly discuss teams being able to bring two staff members after the first round and Conference Semifinals; also, some team staff members might be able to rotate with others. If permitted, all newly admitted (to the “bubble”) team members would need to be cleared for travel two weeks in advance and some period of quarantine, monitoring, and testing upon arrival to the campus. Lastly, each team’s planned operations (for Phases 2 and 3) had to be permissible under prevailing state or local laws or regulations.
This next phase (July 1 – July (9–11)) is related to teams that required their players to participate in workouts or treatments at a practice, training, or league-approved facility. All players and essential staff needed to be PCR tested every other day through the day of travel to a campus. Particularly, testing of asymptomatic individuals remained an important tool for reducing the introduction of COVID-19 into the facilities. Testing would be permitted so long as it did not disadvantage at-risk populations in each team’s home community. Any positive PCR test results would result in that individual’s self-isolation until they satisfied the requisite protocol, see Exhibit F. Alongside regular testing, players, and staff could voluntarily participate in a study with the Yale School of Public Health that sought to develop a COVID-19 saliva-based test available to the general population. In this case, the NBA tried its best to use its unique COVID-19-testing market position to help others in need.
Extensive precautions remained in place throughout this phase. In-person group activities remained off-limits, though teams could engage in virtual workout sessions from players’ homes. Teams were encouraged to stagger workout and treatment sessions throughout their facilities to reduce player interactions and to allow for proper cleaning. Except for during testing, a limit of eight players could be present at a facility at any given time. To reduce interactions, no more than two (tested) team staff members could provide in-person supervision for individual workouts. Teams were also encouraged to assign staff to players to reduce the number of staff that each player is exposed to. Unless approved by the NBA, players could not use facilities other than those operated by their team. As needed, staff members could provide individual treatments to players so long as physical contact was minimized, treatment tables were disinfected, and substances (e.g., creams, gels) from shared containers were not used. At all times – except when at home, in a car, or exercising outdoors – players and staff must continue to wear masks or face coverings. Staff must wash their hands before engaging in any physical contact with players and wear gloves, if asked to do so by a player. In most instances (excluding certain strength and conditioning activities), twelve feet of distance had to be maintained at all times in the team facility. No more than one player could use a basket at a time. As a greater precaution, further disinfecting and cleaning procedures were necessary for training/practice equipment, mouthpieces, linens/personal items (e.g., deodorant), and hot/cold tubs. Steam rooms and dry saunas remained prohibited. Food or beverages were not to be shared by players and staff. Further, no food was to be provided for consumption at the team facility except for individually-bottled beverages and single-use food items in areas that are not shared. If teams opted to provide meals for players to consume at home, pre-packaged meals in individual containers could be delivered or picked up by players while at the facility.
Additional requirements ranging from cleaning protocols to facilities changes were required of participating teams. Unsurprisingly, external media was not permitted in this phase; all interviews had to be done virtually. Facilities cleaning and disinfecting guidance per the CDC and EPA was to be followed and regularly monitored for changes. High-traffic areas (e.g., doorknobs, restrooms, tables) were to be cleaned at least twice daily; all areas of the practice facilities where players were present need to be sanitized as well. All players and staff needed to clean their hands upon entry to the facility, every hour at the facility, and between workouts/treatments. If any individual felt sick or exhibited any COVID-19 symptoms, they needed to report this occurrence to medical staff or an HR contact. Teams needed to have protocols for isolating individuals with COVID-19 symptoms, administering testing, and treating any such symptoms. Medical care should be provided at home until cleared to leave isolation. Teams must notify a designated NBA contact, local public health authorities (as needed), and individuals present at the facility when the infected player was there. All individuals should enter the facilities on their own after having traveled in a private or team-provided vehicle. Before entry and later in the day (if present for a full day), individuals’ temperatures and symptoms must be taken and individuals monitored by the team. At-home screening may also be completed by individuals if done at approximately the same time daily. All frequently touched objects possessed by individuals should be cleaned and disinfected upon entry.
If not previously done, teams must meet various facilities and health-related requirements. HVAC and filtration/circulation systems should be updated to increase airflow and fresh air within the facility. Doors and windows must be opened regularly, where possible the facility should be automated or no-touch, precautionary signage should be posted, and non-essential group spaces should be closed. There should be a health-related check-in process for players prior to traveling to the facility. Known COVID-19 cases should be monitored and coordinated by a team physician and infectious disease specialist to determine an appropriate return timeline. To avoid various muscle and bone stress injuries, conditioning should be ramped up with input from coaching and health and performance staff. Mental health resources should be made readily available, and individuals are encouraged to access resources through the NBPA.
A few miscellaneous protocols rounded out the team requirements through Phase 3 of the “bubble.” Parking spaces were to be designated to promote social distancing among individuals. For purposes of monitoring compliance with all protocols, teams were to designate a Facility Hygiene Officer and up to two designees. All areas with required face-to-face interaction should have a partition installed. To maintain a proper flow of movement, separate entrances were to be used, as well as visual markers to designate foot traffic direction. Cleaning staff should be assigned to sections of the facility for exposure reduction, and a checklist should be maintained to ensure disinfection of high-touch/frequently used equipment. Soft and porous materials (e.g., fabric chairs, rugs) should be removed to avoid cleaning challenges. Players should be discouraged from showering or changing clothes at the facility and, if permitted, distancing must be maintained, and clean practice gear can be provided. Towels and other sweat-absorbing items should be provided to reduce players touching their faces. Laundering of used cloth materials should be done after every use and on the warmest appropriate setting. When possible, equipment should be provided to players on an individual basis especially items that are absorbent and difficult to disinfect. With respect to food preparation, such areas should be sanitized daily before and after cooking; staff must wear disposable gloves and a facemask at all times. Food deliveries to the facility should be limited as much as possible to reduce contact with external individuals. Similarly, players should only eat at their residence and with household members. In event that a substitute player is signed by a team after July 1, 2020, he must undergo a medical history review and relevant COVID-19 testing before engaging in any team activities.
Teams were next expected to travel in cohorts to Orlando over the course of three days (July (7–9) – July (9–11)). During the transition, every traveling member took part in a second virtual education and training session led by the team physician and infectious disease specialist. Teams needed to arrive either by charter flight or by bus to the ESPN campus. Only individuals who had only tested negative via PCR test or had discontinued isolation (after a positive result) could attend if they had no COVID-19 symptoms and were not otherwise exposed to COVID-19. In relation to traveling, teams needed to discuss best practices for hand and respiratory hygiene, conduct a temperature/symptom screening, require masks or face covering, and maximize physical distancing. To reduce touchpoints, if food service was necessary, only individual pre-packaged servings and bottled beverages could be provided. Prior to using the plane and/or bus, transportation vendors ensured thorough cleaning and disinfecting. All transportation personnel had to be temperature checked and masked with appropriate PPE. Out of an abundance of caution, teams rear-loaded their players out of the team buses installed a driver-passenger barrier, and employed a designated luggage handler. Buses with cloth seats were to be avoided. Otherwise, they had to be vacant for five days prior to use. Upon arrival at the airport, two buses transported each team directly to campus; luggage traveled separately. Once on campus, all individuals were required to wash their hands properly.
Precautions continued to extend during the teams’ arrival. All individuals had to undergo PCR testing coordinated by a league-affiliated testing provider. In the event of any positive test result, said individual could not participate in team activities on campus and had to follow the associated protocols, see Exhibit F. During the period between July 7 and 13, only two out of the 322 players that arrived at the “bubble” returned confirmed positive test results; both players left the bubble to self-isolate. MagicBands were also distributed for use on campus. Appropriate distance between individuals had to be maintained during check-in. For the duration of their stay, players, coaches, and health/performance staff were not to share elevators with other individuals from the team. If possible, staggered elevator rides were encouraged. Disinfected luggage and personal belongings were to be picked up by their owners, assisted by a team’s staff member(s), and/or potentially Disney hotel staff. Disney cast members were not to deliver luggage inside a player’s or staff’s room. An in-room quarantine followed until the check-in PCR test returned negative, and another PCR test was taken (at least 24 hours after the first) and returned negative. In total, individuals were to expected remain in their rooms for approximately 36 to 48 hours. All meals during this time would be delivered directly to the respective room.
After Phase Three-A, teams that participated in team activities in the “bubble” needed to abide by further protocols from July 9–21. Given that teams arrived at the campus on staggered dates, and to ensure equal time for team activities, teams would play their first games in a sequential order (e.g., teams arriving as part of the July 9 cohort would play one another). Players and team staff (Tiers 1 and 2) continued to be subject to regular PCR testing, with testing administered by the league. Test samples would be collected via a non-nasopharyngeal swab, with a possibility of saliva testing depending on research conducted via Phase Three. To reduce turnaround times, samples from players, coaches, and referees would be collected in the evening, with results ideally produced by morning. Each campus hotel would have swabbing capabilities throughout the day with rolling testing. To increase the surrounding community’s testing capacity, the league would donate some of its own. Any positive PCR test result could immediately result in a team physician’s being notified and the potentially infected individual not being permitted to participate in team activities until they follow the requisite process, see Exhibit F. Non-team campus residents (Tiers 2 and 6) had to complete regular PCR testing. Meanwhile, Disney cast members residing off-campus wore face coverings. Further, cast members could not be in the same room with a player or team staff member without maintaining six feet of distance. Beyond PCR, the league was examining research options for Tier 1 personnel to participate in point-of-care testing (if available) on campus. Results and associated preparations would support ongoing COVID-19 research. Such testing would happen two to four hours before a practice or game, with positive test results also barring participation in team activities.
Players and team staff needed to engage in “Daily Health Monitoring,” which included daily temperature recordings as well as checking vital signs, symptoms, and blood oxygen saturation (pulse oximetry). Multiple screening stations were erected by the league at the WWOS Complex and campus hotel entrances, along with COVID-19 testing areas, to monitor the daily health of individuals prior to entering a facility. Testers will don PPE, and test subjects will wear a face covering while maintaining physical distance from other subjects. All campus residents will additionally receive an individual smart thermometer that can record temperatures for the league. Self-reporting of symptoms continued to be required, and if symptoms were present, it would result in that individual’s not participating in team activities as well as quarantine. Residents would also be provided with a pulse oximeter that takes and records blood oxygen saturation levels for the league. Players and essential staff could optionally participate in using a wearable device (a ring) that creates a wellness assessment based on metrics including temperature, respiratory metrics, and heart rate. Teams were required to document the above information in a league health platform. All residents needed to always wear a Disney MagicBand, except when exercising, and scan it to gain access to most areas on campus (e.g., hotel room, COVID-19 testing). Disney, however, was prohibited from accessing location-based or health information for any player. With respect to securing entry into various campus facilities, the NBA considered using an access control software that would determine access after syncing with an individual’s latest test results, status, and Daily Health Monitoring inputs. Other individuals on campus residing on campus underwent the same Daily Health Monitoring. Disney Category 1 and 2 cast members not residing on-campus or coming in close proximity to players or team staff will use Disney’s screening/self-assessment and not the NBA’s. Coaches, health and performance staff, and players were instructed to be mindful of conditioning, with a focus on preventing ligament, tendon, muscle, and bone stress injuries. Mental health resources were made available, and players were encouraged to utilize these resources, particularly for anxiety and stress related to being away from their household/family members. Telehealth access was required for teams that did not include a clinician as part of their Traveling Party; NBA was exploring an on-site mental health resource for direct player services.
Generally, individuals remained on campus. That said, no one was precluded from leaving, although the expectation was that it would only occur under extenuating circumstances and with prior league approval. Security checkpoints on campus monitored individuals and vehicles entering or leaving. The campus will include WWOS Complex (see Exhibit B), practice court set-ups, any hotel secured by NBA, any auxiliary sites secured by NBA for player or staff use (e.g., golf course), and any other sites designated by NBA for medical purposes. Players or staff that left campus were subject to a re-entry protocol: including enhanced testing (via nasopharyngeal swab) and quarantine. Quarantine meant ten (up to fourteen, if directed by NBA physician) days in a hotel room or campus property. If a player left campus after receiving league approval, the player’s quarantine would be four (subject to extension by physician) days provided that the player had: i) negative daily PCR test result for all days off-campus or ii) negative daily PCR test for preceding seven days. To exit quarantine a player had to undergo a final PCR test via nasopharyngeal swab. Pay was adjusted for any missed games while off-campus or in quarantine if the absence was not due to an extenuating circumstance.
Various restrictions were instituted to lessen the probability of coronavirus infection. Until the conclusion of Phase 4, each campus hotel served as a “zone,” with residents not permitted to intermingle with different zones. Limits would also be placed on the number of individuals on a shuttle to access another zone. Group workouts, practices, meetings, skills or conditioning sessions, and other team activities were to be held on-campus and scheduled with the NBA. Teams could conduct practices on two side-by-side courts and had access to a training and weight room within a short walk of the practice courts. Teams were given three-hour windows of exclusive use of each practice court, after which Disney would clean and disinfect the equipment. About four teams shared the use of a practice court, with only one team permitted to use the court at a time. The NBA made available individual workout spaces that could be reserved for up to six players from the same team or hotel after team practices finished. Teams were granted access to two rooms to use for team meetings and video sessions, although physical distancing and face coverings rules still applied. Disney cast members disinfected and frequently cleaned training and practice equipment in accordance with the Protocols, but at a minimum, in between uses by different teams. NBA, NBPA, teams, and Disney were working to provide recovery services (NormaTec and Game Ready) and would distribute guidance once finalized.
Unique hygienic provisions were implemented, given the ongoing pandemic. Players and staff were prohibited from sharing any personal items (e.g., food, towels, clothing), and during games, the NBA was investigating assigning players seats on the bench and an individual caddy for placing personal belongings. Players and team staff were instructed to refrain from the following during practices or games: spitting, clearing nose, wiping ball with jersey, licking hands (and touching other items), and playing with or unnecessarily touching their mouthguard. The NBA would provide an awareness program prior to Phase 3 and with updates over the season to educate about these COVID-19 prevention behaviors. Oral objects (e.g., mouthguards) would need to be sterilized before and after each individual use, could not be shared, and should not be regularly handled. Linens and personal items (e.g., deodorant) should continue to not be shared among players. The NBA would have a process for washing used gear using Disney’s facilities and receiving clean gear, while teams would be responsible for individual laundry (though hotel linens will be done by Disney). Showers would only be in individual hotel rooms, with none at the WWOS Complex. Individuals on-campus wore face coverings at all times except: while eating/drinking, in their individual rooms, while outdoors or during physical activity, if physically distanced. Players, the head coach, and up to four assistant coaches would be exempt from the face covering rule during individual or team workouts. Prior to and after having direct physical contact with a player, the staff member in question must wash his or her hands. If requested for therapy or treatment sessions, the staff member must use single-use gloves.
Outside of emergencies, only a coach or a health and performance staff member could come within six feet of a player during team workouts and games; the physical distance was to be maintained except during meals outdoors and approved activities. Referees were not required to maintain physical distancing during games. Different guidance pertained to physical distancing outside of team workouts and games. Teammates were to refrain from unnecessary physical contact and maintain physical distancing other than at meals outdoors or during approved activities. Individuals from different NBA teams were to always maintain physical distance, except during meals outdoors. Players and team staff maintained as much distance as possible from non-team personnel (e.g., referees, league staff, and ESPN Arena staff), and when proper physical distancing could not be maintained due to related work, such contact was limited to the time necessary to complete said task. Category 1 Disney cast members who do not need to be in the same room as a player or team or league staff to do their job had processes to remain away from the room when said individual is present. Category 2 Disney cast members who needed to be in the same room as a player or team or league member only did so when required, donning a face covering, and maintaining as much physical distancing as possible (no less than 6 feet).
Another set of rules related to proximity alarms, contact tracing, and food/beverages. To promote physical distancing, the NBA would investigate a system where all staff would be required to wear a small device that would function as a proximity alarm. An audio alert would be generated when less than six feet apart from an impermissible person. Players would be given the option to wear a proximity alarm device, which will not collect data on movements or locations. The NBA would not access information from a player’s device to determine the identities of any individual within six feet of the player. All players and staff participated in a contact tracing program administered by the NBA and/or Orange and Osceola County Health Departments. Players and staff refrained from sharing food or beverages; during workouts, players had access to single-use beverages in low/no-touch dedicated areas. Teams should label individual items and provide receptacles for disposal in a low/no-touch manner. Following quarantine clearance, players and staff could eat individually or with individuals residing at the same hotel. Generally, meals were eaten outside when possible or with six feet of separation if indoors. Disney provided teams with its own dedicated culinary team (under the guidance of an executive chef) to create individualized menus, support dietary needs, and ensure guidelines are followed. Each team had its own meal room, ideally open 24/7, for pick-up of meals, beverage, and single-use food items. Until the Restart Phase, players and staff could receive off-campus food delivery if prepared by a team or personal chef and meets certain guidelines or a designated restaurant approved by the NBA and NBPA. Disney food and beverage staff wore appropriate protective equipment at all times and maintained physical distance from players and staff. To enhance the on-campus experience and promote mental health and wellness, the NBA arranged for social activities or amenities in secured locations consistent with the health and safety principles of the Protocols. These activities included a game room or player lounge at each hotel, golf, swimming, fishing, other water sports, movie screenings, concerts, running trails, bike ride, and other excursions. The NBA made arrangements for personal services, which the NBPA proposed and both sides discussed and agreed upon. Individuals could not congregate in each other’s hotel rooms; to address a lack of gathering space, the NBA explored the availability of other spaces on-campus. Social interactions were restricted to residents of the same hotel. For indoor activities, a face covering should be always worn by all individuals. Individuals could not consume food while participating in the activity. Hand hygiene and physical distancing was maintained as much as possible. Frequently touched items were cleaned and disinfected often, even as much as in between each use.
Certain activities had specific rules laid out by the NBA. For card games, physical distancing at six feet is not possible, but individuals were to refrain from unnecessary physical contact and maintain as much distance as possible; games limited to smaller groups were encouraged. After each game, the card packs were discarded. Players needed to maintain six feet of distance while playing video games and communal headsets would not be available. Ping Pong equipment was picked up after disinfection, table surfaces were disinfected prior to use, and doubles play was restricted. For golf, clubs and golf balls were not to be shared and caddies will not be permitted. Golf carts needed to be cleaned prior to each use and players and staff could only use carts individually. Individuals could not share pool equipment (e.g., goggles, snorkels) and all loungers, chairs, and tables would be disinfected prior to use. Following a seven-day quarantine, barber services were available to players starting July 9. Occupancy limits were in place along with staggered appointments to allow for sufficient cleaning between sessions. Communal objects (e.g., newspapers) were removed and plexiglass installed, where possible (e.g., manicurist), between service providers and recipients.
Other steps were taken to enhance the likelihood of these Protocols being successfully implemented. Teams were to identify one staff member as a “Team Campus Health Officer,” as well as a backup officer, who would ensure that every team individual complied with the Protocols and participated in regular COVID-19 testing and Daily Health Monitoring for the entirety of the Team’s stay. Officers needed to be well-versed on the Protocols and communicate daily with the league office regarding compliance with them. The league office and ESPN also designated Campus Health Officers to ensure compliance by their staff. Within three days of commencing team workouts on-campus, all teams held another session to discuss the Protocols with players and staff. Limited media personnel may have resided on-campus and will undergo similar COVID-19 and Daily Health Monitoring processes as other residents. Media were required to comply with the Protocols, particularly adhering to the defined media availability periods and residing at a different hotel than players or team staff. Pets were prohibited from being on-campus, although certified service animal requests would be considered by the NBA and NBPA.
A few other campus conditions were pertinent prior to the beginning of scrimmages. Certain medical care would be provided on-site, to reduce exits from campus, via a medical clinic operated by local staff, clinicians, and NBA-engaged physicians. Said clinic would include the ability to conduct x-rays, ultrasounds, address urgent care needs, and engage with sub-specialty consultants on-campus. Separate areas were provided for players versus other campus residents in order to reduce close contact. If emergency care was needed, a resident would be transported to a designated hospital and emergency department. An MRI Center on campus was made available, while prescription medication was delivered in coordination with local physicians. Random testing via urine sample commenced July 7, 2020 though only the presence of SPEDs and Diuretics will be tested. Doping control officers assisting with the test collection wore a face covering and face shield, gloves, and other appropriate PPE.
Disney implemented its own enhanced health and safety protocols. The number of people involved in supporting the campus would be minimized, with cast members assigned to a specific property (rather than rotated) and restricted from being at in-use facilities unless necessary. A multi-day training course would be required for housekeeping staff, who would also need to wear appropriate PPE and not come in close contact with campus residents. Staff were assigned up to a few floors to service and did so weekly to minimize contact with players and staff. If used, gloves were not reused between rooms. At least one Disney senior point of contact would be designated as the Disney Campus Health Officer to oversee compliance with the Protocols by cast members. Disney would go above and beyond the cleaning and disinfecting procedures already specified by increasing the availability of hand washing and sanitizing stations, cleaning “as needed” areas and items before and after use by a team, and sanitize high-touch surfaces approximately every two hours. Each room on-campus would have a dedicated outside air system, fan coil unit, and bathroom exhaust fan so that air is not recirculated between rooms. All three arenas at WWOS Complex would have their air filters replaced prior to the resumption of the season. Disney and the NBA will post signage, markings, and decals throughout campus facilities to promote compliance with these Protocols.
On or around July 22 and lasting through July 29, teams played in three inter-squad scrimmages (against teams in the same hotel) as preparation for the season. For individual workouts, up to six players (regardless of team or hotel) could shoot on a basket. All residents underwent daily temperature, symptom, and pulse oximetry checks (i.e., Daily Health Monitoring), as well within a reasonable time prior to the inter-squad scrimmage. Residents had the option to participate in the use of a wearable device to generate personalized wellness assessments. Players, head coaches and up to four assistant coaches, did not need to wear a face covering during workouts or scrimmages. MagicBands were to be worn at all times by residents, except for players during workouts or scrimmages. Individuals would now be permitted to access other hotels on campus, either for meals or social activities. Players and team staff remained prohibited from sharing food or beverages, but may eat with any other player or team staff on-campus. However, meals between players from different teams were eaten outside. When eating indoors, six feet of distance must be maintained between individuals. Social activities mentioned in Phase 4 could still be engaged in, as well as among players or staff from different teams or hotels, so long as individuals abided by rules regarding face coverings, physical distancing, and hand and respiratory hygiene.
On July 30, the 2019-20 season officially restarted with requirements and conditions from Phase 5 remaining in place, unless superseded. Besides regular PCR testing, all Tier 1 Personnel participating in a game would, if available, undergo point-of-care PCR testing on-campus two to four hours prior to the game. If any individual returned a positive PCR test result, they would be prohibited from participating in the game and team activities on-campus until they completed the required procedures for positive PCR results, see Exhibit F. Policies established in Phase 5 regarding individual workout spaces, interaction between members from different hotel zones, meals, social activities, face coverings, and MagicBands remained in effect. Besides the Protocols discussed, the NBA will develop and distribute updated basketball operations policies prior to Phase Six.
An additional wrinkle relevant to Phase Six was the ability for teams that advanced past the first round of the playoffs to reserve up to seventeen guest rooms (depending on players present on campus) for Player Guests to travel to and stay on-campus. Each player could have up to two rooms for guests, who may include any individual that fulfills the requisite participate requirements and is not a certified agent (unless said agent is a family member of the player). Player Guests must quarantine at home for at least one week, except for essential activities, before commencing the initial quarantine (see below). All Player Guests must submit a clearance form via a physician attesting that they do not have any COVID-19 risk factors and have not had any related symptoms or exposures. Prior to beginning the initial quarantine, each team must hold at least one virtual education and training session regarding the Protocols for the Player Guests in a manner consistent with the session provided for players and staff. Prior to traveling to the campus, Player Guests underwent an initial quarantine of at least three days either at a house or hotel in the player’s team’s market or in Orlando. Any Player Guest (and potentially others in his/her party) testing positive during this period would not be permitted to travel to the campus. After clearing the initial quarantine, each Player Guest would travel directly to campus and head to their assigned hotel without engaging with other individuals. Upon arrival on-campus, each Player Guest would undergo PCR and serology/antibody testing coordinated by a league-affiliated testing provider. A team physician would be notified of any Player Guest positive test result and such Guest will self-isolate in league-provided accommodations.
Prior to full inclusion on-campus, Player Guests were subject to at least a four-day quarantine, monitoring, and testing period (subject to extension by NBA-designated physician). During this quarantine, Player Guests must remain in their room and refrain from interacting with any other individual (including the Player they are visiting). Player Guests would also undergo daily temperature, symptom, and pulse oximetry screening and PCR testing. Following the four-day quarantine, if asymptomatic and only negative PCR tests, a physician would clear Player Guest to relocate on-campus and interact, or even reside, with the player. Prior to departing for the campus, Player Guests would certify that they adhered and will continue to adhere to the same campus rules as players and team staff, including: remaining on-campus at all times, undergoing regular PCR testing, wearing face covering according to the Protocols, physical distancing, undergoing Daily Health Monitoring, complying with contact tracing, and regularly handwashing. The NBA and NBPA would evaluate whether to put a process in place for Player Guests to arrive seven days before the beginning of the second round and options at the beginning of each of the Finals. Incoming individuals, such as team or league staff, would be subject to a seven-day in-room quarantine, testing, and monitoring period. As an exception, health-related staff would only be subject to four days, if, for at least seven days, prior to traveling to campus the member tests negative via PCR test on an every-other-day basis. Such staff would need to test negative via PCR at least three times, with the final time via nasopharyngeal swab prior to exiting quarantine. Based on a traveler’s point of origin, the NBA had discretion to determine that an extended period of quarantine is appropriate. For the utmost safety of players’ and staffs’ households, a resident must return a negative PCR test within 24 hours prior to their departure time from Orlando.
At a time when America (and the world as a whole) was brought to its knees by a raging COVID-19 pandemic, the NBA met the challenge head-on. At the beginning of the pandemic, live sports were almost nonexistent as various leagues sought to find the best way to return to play. However, by June 2020, Commissioner Silver explained to reporters, “We’re coming back because sports matter in our society. They bring people together when they need it the most.” Indeed “sports as an escape” was more important than ever during the pandemic as individuals were primarily bound to their homes. After all was said and done, the NBA “bubble” was deemed a success as the Los Angeles Lakers were crowned champions and, most importantly, no COVID-19 cases were reported inside the “bubble.” As evidenced above, this feat was no coincidence but the direct result of the meticulously planned and executed Protocols. In the midst of a pandemic, the NBA, NBPA, and Disney teamed up to do what many viewed as impossible and found a way to resume (and finish) the 2019-20 NBA Season.
Exhibit A – Spread of COVID-19
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Exhibit D – Participant Tiers
|Tier||Individuals||Additional Applicable Rules|
|1 (on-court personnel essential to resumption of the 2019-20 season or individuals in close contact with mask-less on-court personnel)||Players, coaches, health and performance staff, team’s senior basketball executive, equipment managers and attendants, referees||Access to “Restricted Areas,” hand hygiene, and masks/face coverings during games|
|2 (individuals who may be in close contact with Tier 1 individuals or may need access to Restricted Areas)||Team security, team front office staff, team PR/communications staff, team social content staff, other team staff not listed in Tier 1, certain league staff, ESPN arena staff, courtside staff, player guests, NBPA staff, NBPA-retained film crew, individuals need for social activities or amenities||Hand hygiene, access to Restricted Areas or limited contact with Tier 1, player guest limitations (e.g., distanced seating, no access to locker rooms or training/weight rooms), and media policies (e.g., seating areas, limited player interaction)|
|3 (individuals providing essential services, who will not come in close contact with Tier 1 individuals, but may need access to Restricted Areas when Tier 1 individuals not present)||Disney Category 1 and 2 cast members, transportation vendors, outside service providers who may need isolated access to Restricted Areas, Emergency Medical Services||Face coverings/gloves, hand hygiene, minimal access to Restricted Areas, physical distancing from other tiers, emergency medical services only if needed, barriers to separate transportation vendors from players|
|4 (individuals present for games/practices, but will not reside on campus and cannot have close contact with Tier 1 or 2 personnel)||Governors, select senior team executives, NBA/NBPA executive staff, injured player observing a game, select sponsors, media residing off-campus, external service providers without access to Restricted Areas||Reside off campus, no regular COVID-19 testing, temperature/symptom screened, separate entrances/exits, required masks/face coverings, observation area (> 25 feet from the court), no contact with other Tiers|
|5 (individuals providing services, but not residing on campus nor entering any Restricted Areas)||Member of broadcast compound residing separately, certain PR/security staff||Reside off campus, periodic COVID-19 testing, no regular daily health monitoring, required masks/face coverings, limited access to Restricted Areas, no contact with other Tiers|
|6 (individuals residing on campus, but (unless permitted by NBA) not entering Restricted Areas when Tier 1 or 2 personnel are present nor coming in close contact with said personnel||IT, other support staff||Regular COVID-19 testing and daily health monitoring, limited access to Restricted Areas|
Exhibit E – Masks/Face Coverings During Games
|GROUP||ARE FACE COVERINGS REQUIRED DURING GAMES?|
|First row bench (participating players + coaches)||No, including:
● During pregame warmups or shootaround
● Locker room in between warmups and game
● Postgame – until they have to travel back to the hotel (masks required when traveling)
Though not required, it is recommended that coaches wear face coverings pre- or post-game where feasible (e.g., in situations where a face covering does not unduly interfere with the coach’s ability to do his or her job).
|Second row bench (other players + coaches)||Yes, at all times (except any active players who are dressed for the game and eligible to participate, but need to sit in the second row to promote distancing, will not be required to wear a mask)|
|Medical/training staff (e.g., athletic trainer, physician)||Yes, at all times|
● During pregame preparation
● Locker room in between warmups and game
● Postgame – until they have to travel back to the hotel (masks required when traveling)
Though not required, it is recommended that referees wear face coverings pre- or post-game where feasible (e.g., in situations where a face covering does not unduly interfere with the referee’s ability to do his or her job).
|Scorer’s table crew (e.g., official scorer, game clock operator)||Yes, at all times|
|Ball boys/equipment attendants||Yes, at all times|
|Statistician (in stands or behind scorer’s table)||No (however, face coverings are required before/after games and during halftime)|
|PA announcer||No (however, face coverings are required before/after games and during halftime)|
|Any other team staff (e.g., social content, communications)||Yes, at all times|
|Any on-court broadcast staff (e.g., camera operators, utility staff)||Yes, at all times|
|Any other staff present at the arena||Yes, at all times|
|Any individuals observing games (e.g., Player Guests, media, governors, etc.)||Yes, at all times|
Exhibit F – COVID-19 Testing and Monitoring Requirements
- Required COVID-19 Testing
- Players and essential team staff must undergo prior to and during season resumption.
- League staff and Player Guests must undergo during season resumption (but no serology testing on individuals < 18 years old).
- Regular PCR by nasal swab or saliva collection and limited amount of serology/antibody testing (prior to Phase Four) by blood draw / spot. Rapid molecular or antigen testing if available and appropriate.
- Nasopharyngeal swab will not be regularly undergone, only occasionally.
- Testing samples will not be used in research inconsistent with Protocols, without written consent.
- Test results will be shared with individual, team, NBA, and NBPA.
- Those refusing to undergo testing are prohibited from Phase Four and may be required to permanently leave campus.
- Required Health Monitoring
- Players and essential team staff must undergo prior to and during season resumption.
- League staff and Player Guests must undergo during season resumption at intervals determined by NBA.
- Includes: checking body temperature, COVID-19 symptom check, measuring blood oxygen saturation, and other monitoring.
- Offered to optionally use a wearable ring device to collect information relevant to COVID-19 assessment. If illness probability score indicates individual at higher COVID-19 risk, team physician may be contacted.
- Wearable ring device will be voluntary, its data fully accessible by player, and cannot be used in games. Further, no player data will be made available to public.
- Information from monitoring will be shared with individual, team, NBA, and NBPA.
- Any individual refusing to undergo monitoring will be prohibited from Phase Four and may be required to permanently leave campus.
- Player testing and monitoring will be migrated to the league-wide EMR and deleted within four week following the conclusion of the 2019-20 season.
- Other campus residents (e.g, ESPN Arena Staff) must undergo regular COVID-19 testing and Daily Health Monitoring. Refusal may result in individual being required to permanently leave campus.
- Negative PCR test result, along with being asymptomatic allows continued participation in the current Phase.
- Any positive COVID-19 test results (player, staff, household members) prior to arrival on-campus must be reported by physician to NBA.
- NBA and NBPA will share results regarding positive PCR test results at all Phases.
- Required procedures for positive PCR test results:
- Hospitalization, if needed
- Immediate isolation in NBA-designated Isolation Housing
- PCR retesting to confirm positive:
- If PCR tests match, individual must remain in Isolation Housing and beginning process for monitoring, management, and resolution.
- If PCR tests do not match, individual must remain in Isolation Housing for 24 hours and retest a third time
- If third PCR test is negative, and individual is asymptomatic, can exit isolation after determination by physician
- Protocol for confirmed positive cases:
- Informing Florida Department of Health
- PPE must be worn while caring for infected individual
- Disney will clean and disinfect locations where individual was present in past day or prior to symptom onset.
- Cleaning will be done at periodic intervals and meals delivered daily to Isolation Housing
- Local medical care will be arranged
- Isolation cannot be discontinued until individual is: asymptomatic, satisfies CDC’s test-based strategy (currently two consecutive negative PCR test results > 24 hours apart), and medically cleared by physician.
- Players will undergo cardiac screening prior to resuming participation in season
- Management of close contacts of infected individual
- Contact tracing process
- Close contacts are individuals spending 15+ minutes while closer than six feet apart with infected individual or direct contact with infected individual’s secretions or excretions.
- Close contacts will be informed.
- Tier 1 Personnel, who are a close contact, can participate fully in campus activities, after consultation with a physician, if they meet all of the below:
- Negative PCR test result
- Daily PCR testing with negative results
- Enhanced health monitoring, including self-isolation if any associated symptoms
- Use of face coverings
- Physical distancing requirements
- Eat meals individually for at least five days
- Refrains from group social activities for at least five days
- Non-Tier 1 Personnel, who are a close contact, can participate fully in campus activities, after consultation with a physician, if they meet all of the below:
- Meet all conditions for Tier 1 Personnel (above)
- May be directed to enter quarantine for a period of days
- NBA may modify management of close contact to account for unique risks, evolving clinical evidence, or other medical considerations
- Sequencing and analysis of positive PCR test results by medical experts to understand relationship between positive cases and inform Protocols (and other measures)
- Given significance of IgG antibodies is not yet fully understood, anyone with a positive IgG test due to serology/antibody testing along with a negative PCR test result, will undergo same testing and Daily Health Monitoring as players without presence of IgG antibodies.
- Additionally, COVID-19 testing may be required as determined by physician (in accordance with infectious disease specialist or due to applicable local/state guidelines) or league office (in consultation with health experts or due to applicable local/state guidelines).
[*] J.D., Harvard Law School, 2022; B.S., summa cum laude, Cornell University, 2016. First, the author would like to thank Jeffrey B. Gewirtz and Russell Yavner for their mentorship and leadership in the sports industry and for giving him the opportunity to work with the Brooklyn Nets for more than two years while attending Harvard Law. He would also like to thank Professor Peter A. Carfagna for his guidance in the sports law field. Further, he is forever grateful for the love and support of his wife, Maeve Forti, and father, David Zilber. Finally, the author dedicates this paper to his best friend and late mother, Mariya Kleyner, who always encouraged him to pursue his dreams.
[†] While this paper was published with the express permission of the NBA, it was not written in collaboration with the NBA. Further, all material was derived from publicly available sources, and is not attributable to the NBA. The NBA had no input on the content.
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 CBA Article XXXIX, § 5(a).
 CBA Article XXXIX, § 5(b). 92.6 was determined based on each team’s playing five Exhibition games, eighty-two Regular Season game, and 5.6 Playoff games during each Season. For reference, Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors (the NBA’s highest-paid player in the 2019-20 season) could stand to lose approx. $435,000 per game not played, while a two-way contract converted to a regular NBA deal for this season would lose $9,700 per game: Tim Reynolds, Commissioner Adam Silver: NBA Hiatus Will Likely Last ‘At Least’ 1 Month, NBA, (Mar. 12, 2020, 9:00 PM), https://www.nba.com/news/nba-hiatus-likely-last-least-one-month-ap [https://perma.cc/GG8F-LZ5U].
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 FL. Executive Order 20-123, § 2.
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 See, e.g., Jessica Golden, Doctors and Patients Wonder if the NBA is Getting Special Treatment with Coronavirus Tests, CNBC, (Mar. 19, 2020, 5:40 PM), https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/19/doctors-wonder-if-nba-getting-special-treatment-with-coronavirus-tests.html [https://perma.cc/6FBV-3PUZ]; Megan Twohey, et al., Need a Coronavirus Test? Being Rich and Famous May Help, The New York Times, (Mar. 18, 2020), https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/18/us/coronavirus-testing-elite.html [https://perma.cc/WA58-APHM].
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 E.g., culinary staff, housekeeping, maintenance, facility management.
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 E.g., catering leader, servers and bartenders, concierge and hotel staff, security, custodial, etc.
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