Report: B1G one of two conferences mulling 'bubble' idea for basketball season
The B1G is one of two conferences that is considering the idea of creating a bubble for student-athletes this year when basketball season rolls around. Jeff Goodman of Stadium reported the news on Thursday.
According to Goodman, the B1G and Big East are considering an NBA-like bubble situation for the upcoming basketball season. However, it’s far from the set plan, as there are still multiple options and considerations at play at this time.
But, with the success the NBA has enjoyed regarding COVID-19 test results inside the “Disney Bubble” in Orlando, it’s hard to rule out that kind of possibility.
The Big East and Big Ten are two conferences that have discussed using a bubble for basketball this season, per sources. However, it’s just one of multiple options that has been discussed.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) August 6, 2020
A bubble-like scenario is easier for a sport like basketball, where there are smaller teams and few staff members. It’s also easier to schedule multiple games on the same floor, where that could be an issue in sports like football.
The B1G would also have access to plenty of major cities to host a bubble, including Indianapolis, Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, Minneapolis and others.
For now, the B1G will probably keep the schedule as planned. But if the basketball season is in jeopardy come October and November, we could see the conference get creative.