American major sports leagues have mostly seen little pandemic delays in the 2021-2022 seasons, save from certain players getting in trouble for refusing to be vaccinated.
Ahead of the Projected Omicron Wave in the US, This Favorable Tendency Looks To Be Reversing
Ten of the 15 Chicago Bulls players were put under the league’s health and safety guidelines this week, requiring them to segregate after a positive test. In addition to the potential Chicago epidemic, two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and Bucks player Wes Matthews are in quarantine in Milwaukee.
James Harden had to isolate only two hours before the Brooklyn Nets game against the Toronto Raptors. 36 of the league’s 51 positive instances this year happened in the final two weeks, according to ESPN.
With nine players sidelined, the Calgary Flames postponed three games this week. As a result, the NHL has banned nine games so far this season.
The NHL Players’ Association executive director expressed frustration with the lack of “concrete answers” from the Beijing organizing committee on pandemic measures, raising questions about how many professionals would be in China in February.
The NFL, with its much bigger rosters, is seeing more COVID instances. 75 athletes have tested positive for the coronavirus in the last two days, according to ESPN.
On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Rams Had Ten Players on Their Reserve-COVID-19 List, Including Odell Beckham Jr.
The Cleveland Browns and Washington Redskins each have eight players in quarantine, while the Detroit Lions have seven.
The Omicron variety is anticipated to swiftly spread throughout the US in the next weeks, leaving major sports leagues unsure how to keep athletes safe and ad money flowing. The NFL, for example, will mandate booster injections for all employees that deal with athletes.
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