Fans are divided over the competition’s response to the coronavirus wave
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National fans are divided over how the NBA is dealing with the current coronavirus wave
Fifty percent of NBA fans at all SB Nation NBA locations approved the league’s response to the current wave of coronavirus. The other 50 percent don’t.
If you agree to re-compete, here are a few reasons why you might feel this way. These are not necessarily my opinions:
- 97 percent of NBA players are fully vaccinated (at least one or two bullets) and 65 percent increase. Looking at the NBA players as a whole (since the Wizards are frankly an example not to follow in my opinion), these are impressive numbers in their own right. All employees around the players must be vaccinated. Isn’t that the goal of coronavirus vaccines? Let’s live like 2019 again?
- The league has postponed matches when absolutely necessary. For example, the Wizards’ game against the Nets last Tuesday was postponed due to the outbreak in Brooklyn.
- The NBA has largely followed the CDC’s guidelines regarding players set forth in health and safety protocols. So they are doing their part in the service of the United States government.
- The NBA can be an example in the United States and countries around the world that sports with fans can and should continue despite these waves. In particular, other Western countries, such as the Netherlands, are overreacting to ommicron by shutting down and banning sports with fans and this may be an overreaction. They are an example of what not to do, as it will only harm their economy.
If you don’t agree, here’s why you feel this way. These points are not necessarily my opinion.
- Realization is real. When the league appears to be doubling down on play as coronavirus cases spike and other businesses close or voluntarily reduce their hours, there is a glitch. We don’t need lockdowns like in the Netherlands. But shouldn’t US companies as a whole make these calls now because the government isn’t, perhaps for domestic political reasons? A strong response now can pay off for goodwill later, especially if the situation worsens.
- NBA players are generally in good health, but coaches and staff in the NBA are often older and not in good health. What if someone gets seriously ill or dies? It’s a lawsuit waiting to happen.
- And finally, let’s think about the fans that will participate in the matches. Of course, each fan’s personal choice is to go to an NBA game. But if a lot of fans die after going to an NBA game and contract tracking can show that ……. Isn’t this also a lawsuit (whether there is merit or not)?
There are no right or wrong answers about what to believe here, but this debate will continue as the wave goes on.
A large number of fans believe that matches should continue, but about half also believe that the NBA should stop playing for at least 10 days.
It should come as no surprise that fans are divided over whether or not matches will take place. 40% support the status quo (and the NBA’s position) that the games should continue. However, a combined 50 percent are in favor of stopping for at least 10 days.
We won’t have a poll next week because it’s the week between Christmas and New Years. The folks at SB Nation Reacts also need a break, to be with their families and also to get a break from my constant emails about what I’m going to fill out in the next survey.
Anyway, I still have a straw poll next week for fans’ confidence! Happy birthday weekend everyone!
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