September 21, 2020 | 5:46 am
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The Baseline: NBA suspends season in reaction to Covid-19

The NBA news has become world news as the league is forced to suspend the season in response to the Covid-19 virus. On this week’s episode, we weigh in on the unprecedented move by Adam Silver and the factors that led the league to be the first major entity to respond by closing its doors.

  • What can we take from Silver’s letter to the fans and league?
  • The financial impact is harsh and immediate but a failure to respond would have been far worse and damaging to the public brand. With the basketball-related income already in question after tension with China earlier in the season, the league has to mitigate all public relations mistakes to safeguard future earnings.
  • Rudy Gobert‘s negligence was impactful but not the sole factor for the league’s suspended season. Has the media made Gobert more of a villain then necessary? How does Gobert recover from this public embarrassment and mend fences with his teammates?
  • With three confirmed cases including Gobert, Donovan Mitchell and Christian Wood, the NBA is forced to request the quarantine of players and teams that had contact with the infected players.
  • Players like Kevin Love, Zion Williamson, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Gobert have stepped up to help employees in the arenas impacted by the work stoppage. Owners and others with deep pockets are being blamed for not doing enough as society waves its finger.
  • What are the league’s potential next steps? Should the league conduct another mini-camp to get players back in shape?
  • Should the season skip to the playoffs once play resumes or should the season be played in full?
  • How long should the NBA wait before the season should be canceled? How will this delay impact the upcoming season schedule?

It’s a show with deep topics and in-depth answers and suggestions for the sport we love. Tune in.

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