The NBA, according to Commissioner Adam Silver, is on track in its return to action- set for later this month- but did make it clear that safety will be the #1 priority. Silver said that it is “never full steam ahead no matter what” in lieu of the virus and the need to take precautions.
He talked about weighing the number of cases with whether or not games would continue, meaning the season could theoretically be ‘lost’ at some stage. He also indicated that he thought the ‘bubble’ environment in Orlando would make people safe, but as always, there are risks. As for the NHL, they are doing a rare thing in the middle of the pandemic: paying players money they are owed with no hassle. At least, according to sources, that is the case. The league, which owes a total of some $300 million combined to players for signing bonuses, will be forking over the money. The decision was agreed to on Tuesday between the NHL and NHLPA, as talks are ongoing about where and when to return to action. Large signing bonuses are common in this era, and seen as a way to keep the overall costs down, so this is a normal pattern for now.