Monday, March 23, 2020

NBA Adopts On-court, 6-Foot Social Distancing Rule for Players Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

New York—(TYDN) The National Basketball Association, in a bid to re-open the 2020 season that was abruptly suspended March 11 amid the coronavirus pandemic, said Monday it would institute a new rule requiring players to remain 6 feet apart from one another, TheYellowDailyNews has learned.

The move, the biggest fundamental change to the game since the 1979 adoption of the three-pointer, was needed quickly to enable the season to renew ahead of the playoffs, Adam Silver, the NBA commissioner, told TheYellowDailyNews in an exclusive interview.

"The season must resume so we can continue showing violent video game commercials during our game broadcasts as well as other ads normalizing morning alcoholic beverage drinking," Silver said.

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As for fans, each one attending a live game must purchase six tickets and leave five remaining seats vacant to comport with the 6-foot social distancing rules mandated by state and local governments. Ticket prices will vary, and each fan must submit to having their temperature taken as a condition of entry.

Meantime, Silver said players who violate the 6-foot rule will be charged with a foul for each violation. The game will stop after every foul so ball boys can spray down the court and players with disinfectant.

Sources close to the deal said it was a compromise with the players' union that wanted an 8-foot social distancing rule, in addition to a game stoppage every time a different player touched the ball, The YellowDailyNews has learned.

Silver, however, agreed to a game stoppage after every change of possession so the ball, court and players could be sanitized, sources close to the negotiations told TheYellowDailyNews on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the topic. Television viewers will see commercials during those times.