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    Mark Emmert Says Using Bubbles for Championships in 2021 'Perfectly Viable'
    Jeff Borzello
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    NCAA president Mark Emmert endorsed the idea of potentially using bubbles for NCAA championships -- including basketball -- in the first half of 2021, saying Thursday night that it's "perfectly viable in many sports."

    "Starting with 64 teams is tough. Thirty-two, OK, maybe that's a manageable number. Sixteen, certainly manageable. But you've got to figure out those logistics," Emmert said in an interview on the NCAA's website. "There's doubtlessly ways to make that work."

    Emmert said that Joni Comstock, the NCAA's senior vice president of championships, and Dan Gavitt, senior vice president of basketball, have been working with committees and conferences to figure out the logistics and economics of how it would work amid the coronavirus pandemic.

    "It's obviously expensive to do that," he said. "But we're not going to hold a championship in a way that puts student-athletes at risk.

    "If we need to do a bubble model and that's the only way we can do it, then we'll figure that out."
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZagDad84 View Post
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    You can read the entire article here: https://www.espn.com/mens-college-ba...rfectly-viable

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    Four bubbles of sixteen, working down to the last four would be manageable, with precautions taken for the transportation to the next spot...which could be 2 of the first 4 then 1 of the last 2.
    It's not funny.

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    The NHL is using two different bubbles for their play-offs starting with 24 teams.

    One bubble is in Toronto for the Eastern Conference teams and one bubble in Calgary for the Western conference teams.

    Seems like it is working really well so far.

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    From ESPN:

    Replacement teams possible in NCAA tournament bubble, says basketball chief Dan Gavitt
    Myron Medcalf
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    Although their preference remains to host traditional men's and women's basketball tournaments in March, NCAA leaders have discussed the particulars of a postseason event that would decide the national champions in a bubble.

    Dan Gavitt, the NCAA's senior vice president of basketball, said officials have had conversations about the particulars of a bubble, including testing protocols, costs and the possibility of using replacement teams if a squad in the field has to be quarantined because of a positive test.

    He said the NBA shared its plan around its bubble with the NCAA earlier this year.

    "It's something we've been talking about and studying for some time, since the NBA shared their plan," Gavitt told ESPN. "We've had a chance to see its execution. We know that it works."

    It's also clear, however, that any bubble format might demand a heavy cost. The NBA reportedly spent $150 million on its bubble.

    "To create it is expensive and complicated," Gavitt said. "It has to fit in the college environment."

    But the traditional tournament in March and April remains the goal for the NCAA, which has a "Plan B, C and D," Gavitt said months after the NCAA was forced to cancel the 2020 installment of its tournament because of COVID-19.

    Gavitt said the entire process will require flexibility. The NCAA would have to commence conversations with its TV partners to potentially address a crowded sports landscape in March and the potential impact on game times if college football is happening then too.
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    From ESPN:

    NCAA targets mid-September for decision on college basketball start
    Myron Medcalf
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    The NCAA is prepared to shift the Nov. 10 start date for college basketball if necessary, according to a statement released Monday by Dan Gavitt, senior vice president of basketball.

    By mid-September, the governing body will announce its first crucial decision about the upcoming season. Per NCAA rules, full practices can start 42 days before a team's first game. In the statement, Gavitt said "contingency" plans have been developed that will allow the NCAA to move the start date for practices and games if necessary due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    Last week, the Pac-12 announced that the earliest its teams will play basketball is Jan. 1. Speculation throughout college basketball has centered on conference-only schedules for multiple leagues.

    "In the coming weeks, the NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Basketball Oversight Committees will take the lead with me in a collaborative process of finalizing any recommendations for consideration by the NCAA Division I Council for the start of the college basketball season," Gavitt said in the statement. "By mid-September, we will provide direction about whether the season and practice start on time or a short-term delay is necessitated by the ongoing pandemic."
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    From the Swish Appeal:

    NCAAW during a pandemic: Where the major conferences stand entering the 2020-21 academic year
    The South Carolina Gamecocks (SEC), Stanford Cardinal (Pac-12) and UConn Huskies (Big East) all hope to make a championship push this year. But their conferences are on three different pages entering the season.
    By Zachary Ward Aug 17, 2020, 3:00pm EDT

    The COVID-19 pandemic began five months ago. On March 12, the NCAA announced the cancellation of its 2019-20 women’s basketball tournament. Since then, the WNBA season was postponed and shortened, but proceeded in the bubble of IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., with expectations of crowning a 2020 champion. That success is to be celebrated. Yet, the pandemic is still ongoing and it already has impacted the start of the 2020-21 college basketball season.

    With health being the top priority on everyone’s mind, the NCAA and its conferences have been forced to make tough decisions about when, where and how their seasons could take place.

    Assuming the decisions of the major conferences will have the biggest impact on the NCAA’s overall decision-making, as well as on the choices of some of the smaller conferences, here’s where things stand:

    Pac-12
    There will be no sports for the rest of the 2020 calendar year. That includes basketball, which would start in early November. So the earliest basketball could start for the Pac-12 is January.

    Big Ten and Big East
    All fall sports have been postponed, which means it is still up in the air whether basketball and other winter sports will begin in early November as scheduled.

    ACC, Big 12 and SEC
    Winter sports are set to take place on time, for now, while many fall sports have slight delays but are expected to take place. However, most fall sports will not award championships at the usual times because national participation in those sports has fallen below 50 percent.

    Collegiate bubbles?
    As far as location, a bubble environment like what the NBA and WNBA have created has been proposed for non-conference play in basketball. Another proposal involves the NCAA men’s and women’s basketball tournaments being played in a bubble. New York Liberty guard Layshia Clarendon has expressed concerns about collegiate athletes potentially competing in a bubble.

    NCAA president Mark Emmert, however, appears to be on-board with the idea.

    ESPN reported on Aug. 10 that UConn head coach Geno Auriemma was expecting a delay to the start of the women’s basketball season. His team is back in the Big East this year after a seven-year stint in the American Athletic Conference. The Big East has yet to announce a delay to its women’s basketball season, but the situation could change at any time.
    Article Link: https://www.swishappeal.com/ncaa/202...ten-sec-big-12

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