Although the number of infections and deaths is thankfully heading in the right direction, the COVID-19 pandemic is still ongoing in the United States and the NBA.
For this reason, COVID restrictions still exist.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver recently made comments suggesting he was changing his mind about the tough COVID regulations and mandates impacting the league.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver questions NYC’s vaccination mandate for league players.
Silver says it’s a “weird” that this only applies to home players.
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Speaking to The Athletic, Silver spoke about the New York rule that athletes playing home games must be vaccinated in order to perform:
“If this rule is ultimately about protecting people in the arena, it just doesn’t make sense to me that an unvaccinated away player can play at Barclays but the home player can’t. .”
What does this mean for the future of the league?
End of terms
In September, the NBA said it would abide by rules some cities put in place regarding COVID vaccinations.
In New York, anyone over the age of 12 was not allowed to enter “certain covered premises” such as the Barclays Center, without providing proof of at least one dose of the COVID vaccine.
However, this rule only applied to players employed by the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets.
Silver raises issues with this aspect of the rule, saying it doesn’t really protect people if players can come and go without being vaccinated.
The statement is the first to suggest that Silver may think it’s time to revise or possibly lift the COVID vaccine regulations the league has adhered to for months.
If he decides to change the NBA’s stance, it could just put pressure on New York City to update its rules as well.